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Songs from Dr. Dre, Fred Rogers, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, & More Added to National Recording Registry

Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, Fred Rogers’ 1973 compilation Mister Rogers Sings 21 Favorite Songs From “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” and Tina Turner’s Private Dancer are among the 25 recordings being inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry this year.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement, "The National Recording Registry is the evolving playlist of the American soundscape. It reflects moments in history captured through the voices and sounds of the time." "We received over 800 nominations … to add to the registry. As genres and formats continue to expand, the Library of Congress is committed to working with our many partners to preserve the sounds that have touched our hearts and shaped our culture."

Other archived selections include Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.,” Selena's Ven Conmigo, Cheap Trick’s 1978 live album Cheap Trick at Budokan, and the original Broadway cast recording of Fiddler on the Roof.

Every year, the Library of Congress selects 25 “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” recordings that are at least 10 years old to archive into its collection. You can view the Library of Congress’ full registry here.

See the full list of newly archived works below.

  • Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra – “Whispering” (1920)
  • Raoul Romito – “Protesta per Sacco e Vanzetti”; Compagnia Columbia – “Sacco e Vanzetti” (1927)
  • Narciso Martinez and Santiago Almeida – “La Chicharronera” (1936)
  • "Arch Oboler’s Plays" episode The Bathysphere (1939)
  • Memphis Minnie – “Me and My Chauffeur Blues” (1941)
  • The 1951 National League tiebreaker: New York Giants vs. Brooklyn Dodgers — Russ Hodges, announcer (1951)
  • Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Angelo Mercuriali, Tito Gobbi, Melchiorre Luise, Dario Caselli, Victor de Sabata – Puccini’s Tosca (1953)
  • Allan Sherman – “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh” (1963)
  • WGBH broadcast of the Boston Symphony on the day of the John F. Kennedy assassination (1963)
  • Fiddler on the Roof (Original Broadway cast) (1964)
  • Eddy Arnold – “Make the World Go Away” (1965)
  • Hiromi Lorraine Sakata Collection of Afghan Traditional Music (1966-67; 1971-73)
  • Glen Campbell – “Wichita Lineman” (1968)
  • Dusty Springfield – Dusty in Memphis (1969)
  • Fred Rogers – Mister Rogers Sings 21 Favorite Songs From “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” (1973)
  • Cheap Trick – Cheap Trick at Budokan (1978)
  • Frederick Fennell and the Cleveland Symphonic Winds – Holst: Suite No. 1 in E-Flat, Suite No. 2 in F / Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks / Bach: Fantasia in G (1978)
  • Village People – “Y.M.C.A.” (1978)
  • Gothic Voices; Christopher Page, conductor; Hildegard von Bingen - A Feather on the Breath of God (1982)
  • Tina Turner – Private Dancer (1984)
  • Selena – Ven Conmigo (1990)
  • Dr. Dre – The Chronic (1992)
  • Whitney Houston – “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
  • Maria Schneider Orchestra – Concert in the Garden (2004)
  • Colin Currie – Percussion Concerto (2008)

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Article image: Dr. Dre performing at Coachella 2012, Fred Rogers in the late 1960s, Whitney Houston during the "Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston" concert in 2011. (Jason Persse [CC BY-SA 2.0], KUHT [Available through Public Domain], Novice7 (talk) [Available through Public Domain] via Wikimedia Commons.)

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