ABBA, Blondie, The Cars, Green Day, The Notorious B.I.G. Albums Entered Into the National Recording Registry

National Recording registry 2024
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The National Recording Registry inducts albums from ABBA, Blondie, The Cars, The Notorious B.I.G., Green Day, The Chicks, and others selected this year for preservation.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced 25 recordings worthy of preservation based on their cultural, historical, or aesthetic importance in the US recorded sound heritage. The National Recording Registry class of 2024 includes ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” Blondie’s “Parallel Lines,” The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ready to Die,” Green Day’s “Dookie,” The Chicks’ “Wide Open Spaces,” Gene Autry’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” and Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”

The 2024 class of inductees also features The Cars’ debut album, Perry Como’s “Catch a Falling Star,” Juan Gabriel’s “Amor Eterno,” Héctor Lavoe’s “El Cantante,” Kronos Quartet’s “Pieces of Africa,” Johnny Mathis’ “Chances Are,” Patti Page’s “Tennessee Waltz,” Jefferson Airplain’s “Surrealistic Pillow,” and Lily Tomlin’s 1971 comedy album, “This is a Recording.”

“The Library of Congress is proud to preserve the sounds of America history and our diverse culture through the National Recording Registry,” said Hayden. “We have selected audio treasures worthy of preservation with our partners this year, including a wide range of music from the past 100 years, as well as comedy. We were thrilled to receive a record number of public nominations, and we welcome the public’s input on what we should preserve next.”

The latest selections named to the registry span from 1919 to 1998, and bring the number of titles on the registry to 650. This represents a small portion of the national library’s vast recorded sound collection of nearly 4 million items.

Recordings Selected for the 2024 National Recording Registry

  • “Clarinet Marmalade” — Lt. James Reese, Europe’s 369th US Infantry Band (1919)
  • “Kauhavan Polkka” — Viola Turpeinen and John Rosendahl (1928)
  • Wisconsin Folksong Collection (1937-1946)
  • “Rose Room” — Benny Goodman Sextet with Charlie Christian (1939)
  • “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” — Gene Autry (1949)
  • “Tennessee Waltz” — Patti Page (1950)
  • “Rocket ‘88” — Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats (1951)
  • “Catch a Falling Star” / “Magic Moments” — Perry Como (1957)
  • “Chances Are” — Johnny Mathis (1957)
  • “The Sidewinder” — Lee Morgan (1964)
  • “Surrealistic Pillow” — Jefferson Airplain (1967)
  • “Ain’t No Sunshine” — Bill Withers (1971)
  • “This is a Recording” — Lily Tomlin (1971)
  • “J.D. Crowe & The New South” — J.D. Crowe & The New South (1975)
  • “Arrival” — ABBA (1976)
  • “El Cantante” — Héctor Lavoe (1978)
  • “The Cars” — The Cars (1978)
  • “Parallel Lines” — Blondie (1978)
  • “La-Di-Da-Di” — Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick (MC Ricky D) (1985)
  • “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” — Bobby McFerrin (1988)
  • “Amor Eterno” — Juan Gabriel (1990)
  • “Pieces of Africa” — Kronos Quartet (1992)
  • “Dookie” — Green Day (1994)
  • “Ready to Die” — The Notorious B.I.G. (1994)
  • “Wide Open Spaces” — The Chicks (1998)

The Digital Media Association, a member of the National Recording Preservation Board, compiled a list of some streaming services with National Recording Registry playlists, so fans can easily listen to many of the recordings on their favorite streaming service.

NPR’s “1A” will feature selections in its “The Sounds of America” series, about this year’s National Recording Registry, including interviews with Hayden and several featured artists in the coming weeks.