Saturday, April 30, 2022

Top 100 Albums of the 21st Century

2000-2019:

The Top 100 Albums

The book Top 100 Albums of All Time was published by Dave’s Music Database in 2014. It aggregated more than 150 best-of lists from all manner of music publications and entities and crunching those figures into a database along with sales figures, chart results, critical ratings, and various awards. (Click links to see detailed sources).

The book only featured one album from the 21st century (Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP) and, frankly, if I were to revise the book I’d re-focus it just on the 20th century. Either way, this book serves as a sequel, keying in on the top 100 albums of the 21st century. Here are the results:

Also, check out annual picks for album of the year.

1. Adele 21 (2011)
2. The Strokes Is This It (2001)
3. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
4. Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
5. The White Stripes Elephant (2003)
6. Amy Winehouse Back to Black (2006)
7. Radiohead Kid A (2000)
8. Arcade Fire Funeral (2004)
9. Green Day American Idiot (2004)
10. Taylor Swift 1989 (2014)

11. Norah Jones Come Away with Me (2002)
12. Eminem The Eminem Show (2002)
13. Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)
14. Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)
15. Adele 25 (2015)
16. Kendrick Lamar Damn. (2017)
17. Taylor Swift Fearless (2008)
18. OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
19. Beyoncé Lemonade (2016)
20. Usher Confessions (2004)

21. Frank Ocean Channel Orange (2012)
22. Kanye West The College Dropout (2004)
23. The White Stripes White Blood Cells (2001)
24. O Brother Where Art Thou (soundtrack, 2000)
25. Kendrick Lamar Good Kid m.A.A.d. City (2012)
26. Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
27. Radiohead In Rainbows (2007)
28. Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2001)
29. Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor (2001)
30. Lady Gaga The Fame (2008)

31. U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000)
32. Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour (2018)
33. OutKast Stankonia (2000)
34. Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand (2004)
35. Chris Stapleton Traveller (2015)
36. Coldplay Parachutes (2000)
37. Linkin Park Hybrid Theory (2000)
38. Jay-Z The Blueprint (2001)
39. Arcade Fire The Suburbs (2010)
40. 50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003)

41. Eminem Recovery (2010)
42. Sufjan Stevens Illinois (2005)
43. Taylor Swift Red (2012)
44. David Bowie Blackstar (2016)
45. Coldplay X & Y (2005)
46. Justin Timberlake Justified (2002)
47. Beyoncé Dangerously in Love (2003)
48. Drake Views (2016)
49. Ed Sheeran ÷ (Divide) (2017)
50. The Killers Hot Fuss (2004)

51. Bilie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019)
52. Kings of Leon Only by the Night (2008)
53. Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)
54. LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver (2007)
55. Bob Dylan Love and Theft (2001)
56. Frozen (soundtrack, 2013)
57. Mumford & Sons Babel (2012)
58. Bruce Springsteen The Rising (2002)
59. Beyoncé Beyoncé (2013)
60. Katy Perry Teenage Dream (2010)

61. Kanye West Late Registration (2005)
62. Mariah Carey The Emancipation of Mimi (2005)
63. Beck Sea Change (2002)
64. Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006)
65. James Blunt Back to Bedlam (2004)
66. U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004)
67. Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes (2008)
68. The Libertines Up the Bracket (2002)
69. Mumford & Sons Sigh No More (2009)
70. Frank Ocean Blond (2016)

71. Drake Take Care (2011)
72. Brian Wilson Smile (2004)
73. D’Angelo Voodoo (2000)
74. PJ Harvey Let England Shake (2011)
75. D’Angelo & the Vanguard Black Messiah (2015)
76. PJ Harvey Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000)
77. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising Sand (2007)
78. Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago (2007)
79. Keane Hopes and Fears (2004)
80. Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights (2002)

81. Lorde Melodrama (2017)
82. Evanescence Fallen (2003)
83. Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City (2013)
84. Bob Dylan Modern Times (2006)
85. Ed Sheeran X (Multiply) (2014)
86. Dixie Chicks Home (2002)
87. Lin-Manuel Miranda (composer) Hamilton (musical, 2015)
88. Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (2016)
89. Taylor Swift Speak Now (2010)
90. Lady Gaga Born This Way (2011)

91. Rihanna Anti (2016)
92. High School Musical (TV soundtrack, 2006)
93. Avril Lavigne Let Go (2002)
94. Carrie Underwood Some Hearts (2005)
95. Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour (2014)
96. Bruno Mars Doo Wops & Hooligans (2010)
97. Taylor Swift Folklore (2020)
98. Kanye West Graduation (2007)
99. N Sync No Strings Attached (2000)
100. Shania Twain Up! (2002)


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First posted 12/13/2020; last updated 4/30/2022.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Top 50 Songs

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Top 50 Songs




left to right: Flea, Anthony Kiedes, John Frusciante, Chad Smith

Rap-styled alternative funk-rock group which formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983.

Members:

  • Anthony Kiedes (vocals: 1983-present)
  • Michael “Flea” Balzay (bass/trumpet/piano/backing vocals: 1983-present)
  • Chad Smith (drums, percussion: 1988-present)
  • John Frusciante (guitar/keyboards/backing vocals: 1988-92, 1998-2009, 2019-present)
  • Cliff Martinez (drums: 1983-86)
  • Hillel Slovak (guitar/backing vocals: 1984-88). Died of a heroin overdose on 6/25/88 at age 26.
  • Jack Irons (drums: 1983, 1986-88)
  • Zander Schloss (bass: 1992)
  • Arik Marshall (drums: 1992)
  • Jesse Tobias (drums: 1992)
  • Dave Navarro (guitar: 1994-97)
  • Josh Klinghoffer (guitars/keyboards/backing vocals: 2009-2019)

Click here to see other best-of lists from performers and here to see other best-of lists from songwriters and/or producers.


Spotify Podcast:

Check out Dave’s Music Database podcast: The Best of the Red Hot Chili Peppers based on this list. It debuts April 26, 2022 at 7pm CST. Tune in every Tuesday at 7pm for a new episode based on the lists at Dave’s Music Database.

Awards:


Top 50 Songs


Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Songs which hit #1 on various charts are noted. (Click for codes to singles charts.)

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Under the Bridge (1991) #1 US, CB, AU

DMDB Top 2%:

2. Dani California (2006) #1 AR, MR, AA, CN

DMDB Top 5%:

3. Give It Away (1991) #1 MR
4. Californication (1999) #1 AR, MR
5. By the Way (2002) #1 AR, MR
6. Scar Tissue (1999) #1 AR, MR
7. Otherside (1999) #1 MR

DMDB Top 10%:

8. Snow (Hey Oh) (2006) #1 MR
9. Soul to Squeeze (1991) #1 MR
10. My Friends (1995) #1 AR, MR
11. Can’t Stop (2002) #1 MR

DMDB Top 20%:

12. Breaking the Girl (1991)
13. Tell Me Baby (2006) #1 MR
14. Aeroplane (1995)
15. The Zephyr Song (2002) #1 AA
16. Dark Necessities (2016) #1 AR, MR, AA
17. Higher Ground (1989)
18. The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie (2011) #1 MR, AA

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

19. Behind the Sun (1987)
20. Suck My Kiss (1991)

21. Around the World (1999)
22. True Men Don’t Kill Coyotes (1984)
23. Fortune Faded (2003)
24. Knock Me Down (1989)
25. Love Rollercoaster (1996)
26. Me & My Friends (1987)
27. Show Me Your Soul (1989)
28. Fight Like a Brave (1987)
29. Road Trippin’ (1999)
30. Parallel Universe (1999)

31. Black Summer (2022) #1 MR
32. Warped (1995)
33. Hump de Bump (2006)
34. Hollywood (Africa) (1985)
35. Dosed (2002)
36. Go Robot (2016)
37. Get Up and Jump (1984)
38. Look Around (2011)
39. Hard to Concentrate (2006)
40. Taste the Pain (1989)

41. If You Want Me to Stay (1985)
42. Fire (1987)
43. Universally Speaking (2002)
44. Backwoods (1987)
45. Desecration Smile (2006)
46. Monarchy of Roses (2011)
47. Catholic School Girls Rule (1985)
48. Junle Man (1985)
49. Goodbye Angels (2016)
50. Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)


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First posted 3/6/2022; last updated 4/27/2022.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

National Recording Registry: 2022

National Recording Registry:

2022 Inductions

The National Recording Registry was established by the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000. The Librarian of Congress appoints members to the National Recording Preservation Board which, since 2002, has selected 25 recordings annually for preservation in the Library of Congress. As the website says, the recordings showcase “the range and diversity of American recorded sound heritage in order to increase preservation awareness.” Most inductees are songs and albums, but there are also radio, news, and sports broadcasts along with other spoken word recordings.

Below is a list of the 2022 inductees, announced April 13, 2022. Click on a song or album title to see its DMDB page. Click here to read more about each of them on the National Recording Registry website. You can also read essays on more than 500 of the inductees here, including one by yours truly on Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose.”


Spotify Podcast:

Check out the Dave’s Music Database podcast: National Recording Registry 2022 which highlights all of the songs on the list below as well as selections from the album inductees. Premiere: April 19, 2022 at 7pm CST. Tune in every Tuesday at 7pm for a new episode based on the lists at Dave’s Music Database.


1. SONG: James P. Johnson “Harlem Strut” (1921)
2. Franklin D. Roosevelt: Complete Presidential Speeches (1933-1945)
3. SONG: Ernest Tubb “Walking the Floor Over You” (1941)
4. “On a Note of Triumph” (May 8, 1945)
5. SONG: The Soul Stirrers “Jesus Gave Me Water” (1950)
6. ALBUM: Duke Ellington At Newport (1956)
7. ALBUM: Max Roach We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite (1960)
8. SONG: Nat “King” Cole “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” (1961)
9. ALBUM: The Shirelles Tonight’s the Night (1961)
10. SONG: Andy Williams “Moon River” (1962)
11. ALBUM: Terry Riley In C (1968)
12. SONG: The Disenyland Boys Choir “It’s a Small World After All” (1964)
13. SONG: Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (1966)
14. Hank Aaron’s 715th Career Home Run (April 8, 1974)
15. SONG: Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975)
16. SONG: Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’” (1981)
17. ALBUM: Linda Ronstadt Canciones de Mi Padre (1987)
18. ALBUM: Bonnie Raitt Nick of Time (1989)
19. ALBUM: A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory (1991)
20. ALBUM: Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)
21. ALBUM: Various Artists Buena Vista Social Club (1997)
22. SONG: Ricky Martin “Livin’ La Vida Loca” (1999)
23. ALBUM: Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor (2001)
24. WNYC broadcasts for the day of 9/11 (Sept. 11, 2001)
25. “WTF with Marc Maron” (Guest: Robin Williams) (April 26, 2010)


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First posted 4/15/2022; last updated 4/19/2022.

The Top 100 Rap Albums of All Time

Rap:

The Top 100 Albums

More than 25 lists were aggregated to determine the best rap albums of all time. All albums which made at least 2 lists and/or won at least one “album of the year” award were than ranked according to their overall points in Dave’s Music Database (which factors in all-genre best-of lists, chart figures, sales, awards, and album ratings).

Check out other best-of-genre/category lists here.

1. Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
2. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
3. Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
4. Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)
5. Eminem The Eminem Show (2002)
6. Kendrick Lamar Damn. (2017)
7. OutKast OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
8. Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill (1986)
9. N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton (1989)
10. Kanye West The College Dropout (2004)

11. Kendrick Lamar Good Kid m.A.A.d. City (2012)
12. M.C. Hammer Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em (1990)
13. Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
14. OutKast Stankonia (2000)
15. Dr. Dre The Chronic (1992)
16. Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique (1989)
17. Jay-Z The Blueprint (2001)
18. De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
19. 50 Cent Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (2003)
20. Eminem Recovery (2010)

21. Drake Views (2016)
22. Fugees The Score (1996)
23. Eminem Curtain Call: The Hits (compilation: 1999-2005, charted 2005)
24. Kanye West Late Registration (2005)
25. DJ Shadow Endtroducing… (1996)
26. Drake Take Care (2011)
27. Run-D.M.C. Raising Hell (1986)
28. Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang Clan (36 Chambers) (1993)
29. Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
30. Eric B. & Rakim Paid in Full (1987)

31. A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory (1991)
32. Nas Illmatic (1994)
33. Eminem/various artists 8 Mile (soundtrack, 2002)
34. Snoop Doggy Dogg Doggystyle (1993)
35. The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die (1994)
36. Eminem The Slim Shady LP (1999)
37. Kanye West Graduation (2007)
38. Drake Scorpion (2018)
39. Eminem Encore (2004)
40. Vanilla Ice To the Extreme (1990)

41. Kanye West Yeezus (2013)
42. Madvillain Madvillainy (2004)
43. Lil Wayne Tha Carter III (2008)
44. 50 Cent The Massacre (2005)
45. Beastie Boys Ill Communication (1994)
46. Nelly Nellyville (2002)
47. Jay-Z The Black Album (2003)
48. Nelly Country Grammar (2000)
49. Tupac Shakur (2pac) All Eyez on Me (1996)
50. Cardi B Invasion of Privacy (2018)

51. The Notorious B.I.G. Life after Death (1997)
52. Post Malone Hollywood’s Bleeding (2019)
53. Black Eyed Peas Monkey Business (2005)
54. Drake If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (2015)
55. Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2 (2014)
56. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)
57. OutKast Aquemini (1998)
58. Nicki Minaj Pink Friday (2010)
59. Post Malone Beerbongs & Bentleys (2018)
60. Jay-Z & Kanye West Watch the Throne (2011)

61. DMDB: J. Dilla Donuts (2006)
62. Run-D.M.C. Run-D.M.C. (1984)
63. Arrested Development 3 Years, 5 Months, & 2 Days in the Life of… (1992)
64. Will Smith Big Willie Style (1997)
65. Eminem Relapse (2009)
66. Tupac (2pac) Shakur Me Against the World (1995)
67. Lil Nas X Montero (2021)
68. A Tribe Called Quest People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990)
69. Beastie Boys Check Your Head (1992)
70. The Game The Documentary (2005)

71. Tyler, the Creator Call Me if You Get Lost (2021)
72. Dr. Dre 2001 (1999)
73. Beastie Boys Hello Nasty (1998)
74. Boogie Down Productions Criminal Minded (1987)
75. Pop Smoke Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon (2020)
76. Jay-Z The Blueprint 3 (2009)
77. Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012)
78. Puff Daddy & the Family No Way Out (1997)
79. Tyler, the Creator Igor (2019)
80. Chance the Rapper Coloring Book (2016)

81. Cypress Hill Cypress Hill (1991)
82. Common Be (2005)
83. T.I. Paper Trail (2008)
84. Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt (1996)
85. Jay-Z Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life (1998)
86. Nelly Suit (2004)
87. LL Cool J Radio (1985)
88. A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders (1993)
89. T.I. King (2006)
90. Kanye West 808’s and Heartbreak (2008)

91. Cypress Hill Black Sunday (1993)
92. J. Cole 2014 Forest Hills Drive (2014)
93. Kris Kross Totally Krossed Out (1992)
94. Ice Cube AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted (1999)
95. D12 D12 World (2004)
96. OutKast ATLiens (1996)
97. DMX It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998)
98. Tupac Shakur (as Makaveli) The Don illuminati – The 7 Day Theory (1996)
99. Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Forever (1997)
100. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist (2012)


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First posted 7/17/2011; last updated 4/19/2022.

Monday, April 18, 2022

Rap Albums of the Year

Rap:

Albums of the Year

This page consolidates the Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year awards as given by the American Music Awards (1989-1992, 2002-present), Billboard magazine (2006, 2011-present), the Grammys (1996-present), and Soul Train (1989-1996). Also included is the album each year from 1984 to present which rates highest in Dave’s Music Database.

Check out other album of the year awards here.

2022:
  • AMA:
  • DMDB:
  • Grammy: Tyler, the Creator Call Me if You Get Lost

2021:
  • AMA: Megan Thee Stallion Good News
  • Billboard: Pop Smoke Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
  • DMDB: Lil Nas X Montero
  • Grammy: Nas King’s Disease

2020:
  • AMA: Roddy Ricch Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial
  • Billboard: Post Malone Hollywood’s Bleeding
  • DMDB: Pop Smoke Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
  • Grammy: Tyler, the Creator Igor

2019:
  • AMA: Post Malone Hollywood’s Bleeding
  • Billboard: Drake Scorpion
  • DMDB: Post Malone Hollywood’s Bleeding
  • Grammy: Cardi B Invasion of Privacy

2018:
  • AMA: Post Malone Beerbongs & Bentleys
  • Billboard: Kendrick Lamar Damn.
  • DMDB: Drake Scorpion
  • Grammy: Kendrick Lamar Damn.

2017:
  • AMA: Kendrick Lamar Damn.
  • Billboard: Drake Views
  • DMDB: Kendrick Lamar Damn.
  • Grammy: Chance the Rapper Coloring Book

2016:
2015:
  • AMA: Nicki Minaj The Pinkprint
  • Billboard: J. Cole 2014 Forest Hills Drive
  • DMDB: Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
  • Grammy: Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2

2014:
  • AMA: Iggy Azalea The New Classic
  • Billboard: Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2
  • DMDB: Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2 (aka “RTJ2”)
  • Grammy: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist

2013:
  • AMA: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist
  • Billboard: Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
  • DMDB: Kanye West Yeezus
  • Grammy: Drake Take Care

2012:
2011:
  • AMA: Nicki Minaj Pink Friday
  • Billboard: Eminem Recovery
  • DMDB: Drake Take Care
  • Grammy: Eminem Recovery

2010:
2009:
2008:
2007:
  • AMA: T.I. T.I. vs. T.I.P.
  • DMDB: Kanye West Graduation
  • Grammy: Ludacris Release Therapy

2006:
2005:
2004:
2003:
2002:
2001:
2000:
1999:
1998:
1997:
1996:
1995:
1994:
  • DMDB: Nas Illmatic
  • Soul Train: Onyx Bacdafucup

1993:
1992:
  • AMA: DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince Homebase
  • DMDB: Dr. Dre The Chronic
  • Soul Train: Public Enemy Apocalypse ’91…The Empire Strikes Black

1991:
1990:
1989:
  • AMA: DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper
  • DMDB: N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton
  • Soul Train: DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper

1988:
1987:
1986:
1985:
  • DMDB: LL Cool J Radio

1984:

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First posted 4/18/2022.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

National Recording Registry: Songs

National Recording Registry:

Song Inductees, 2002-2022

The National Recording Registry was established by the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000. The Librarian of Congress appoints members to the National Recording Preservation Board which, since 2002, has selected 25 recordings annually for preservation in the Library of Congress. As the website says, the recordings showcase “the range and diversity of American recorded sound heritage in order to increase preservation awareness.” This particular page lists songs which have inducted into the Registry. Click here to see albums which have been inducted.

Click here to see other awards and Hall of Fame inductees for songs.


Year of Induction: Performer “Song” (Year released/recorded)

A
  • 2005: Roy Acuff & the Smoky Mountain Boys “Wabash Cannonball” (1938)
  • 2003: Marian Anderson “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” (1936)
  • 2008: The Andrews Sisters “Bei Mir Bist Du Schon (Means That You’re Grand)” (1938)
  • 2020: Louis Armstrong “When the Saints Go Marching In” (1938)
  • 2015: Louis Armstrong “Mack the Knife” (1956)
  • 2019: Eddy Arnold “Make the World Go Away” (1965)
  • 2003: Associated Glee Clubs of America “O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)” (1925)
  • 2004: Fred and Adele Astaire with George Gershwin (piano) “Fascinating Rhythm” (1926)
  • 2005: Don Azpiazu & His Havana Casino Orchestra “The Peanut Vendor (El Manisero)” (1930)

B
  • 2005: Count Basie “One O’Clock Jump” (1937)
  • 2005: Nora Bayes “Over There” (1917)
  • 2017: Tony Bennett “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” (1962)
  • 2003: Emile Berliner “The Lord’s Prayer” (1890)
  • 2003: Emile Berliner “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” (1890)
  • 2003: Lucie Bernardo and Otto Rathke “The Okeh Laughing Record” (1922)
  • 2003: Chuck Berry “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956)
  • 2012: Blackwood Brothres “Crossing Chilly Jordan” (1960)
  • 2005: Pat Bonner “Schooner Bradley” (1960)
  • 2011: Booker T. & the MG’s “Green Onions” (1962)
  • 2010: The Boswell Sisters with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra “It’s the Girl” (1931)
  • 2005: Fanny Brice “Second Hand Rose” (1921)
  • 2005: Fanny Brice “My Man (Mon Homme)” (1922)
  • 2013: Jeff Buckley “Hallelujah” (1994)

C
  • 2018: Cab Calloway “Minnie the Moocher” (1931)
  • 2019: Glen Campbell “Wichita Lineman” (1968)
  • 2004: Hoagy Carmichael “Stardust” (1927)
  • 2006: The Carter Family “Wildwood Flower” (1928)
  • 2002: Enrico Caruso “Pagliacci, Act I: Vesti La Giubba (On with the Play)” (1907)
  • 2002: Ray Charles “What’d I Say” (1959)
  • 2012: Chubby Checker “The Twist” (1960)
  • 2017: Chic “Le Freak” (1978)
  • 2005: Harry Choates “Jole Blon (Jolie Blonde)” (1946)
  • 2016: The Chuck Wagon Gang “I’ll Fly Away” (1948)
  • 2003: Patsy Cline “Crazy” (1961)
  • 2005: Nat “King” Cole “Straighten Up and Fly Right” (1943)
  • 2022: Nat “King” Cole “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” (1946)
  • 2014: Michael Coleman “The Boys of the Lough/The Humours of Ennistymon” (1922)
  • 2016: Judy Collins “Amazing Grace” (1970)
  • 2006: Sam Cooke “A Change Is Gonna Come” (1964)
  • 2004: Gregorio Cortez “Trovadores Regionales” (1929)
  • 2004: Eugene Cowles “Gypsy Love Song” (1898)
  • 2013: Creedence Clearwater Revival “Fortunate Son” (1969)
  • 2013: Bing Crosby “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” (1932)
  • 2002: Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers & the John Scott Trotter Orchestra “White Christmas” (1942)

D
  • 2015: Bobby Darlin “Mack the Knife” (1959)
  • 2012: Jimmie Davis “You Are My Sunshine” (1940)
  • 2005: Edouard de Reszke “Canzone del Porter from Martha (von Flotow)” (1903)
  • 2018: Deep River Boys “They Look Like Men of War” (1941)
  • 2018: Neil Diamond “Sweet Caroline” (1969)
  • 2011: Bo Diddley “Bo Diddley” (1955)
  • 2011: Bo Diddley “I’m a Man” (1955)
  • 2022: The Disneyland Boys Choir “It’s a Small World” (1964)
  • 2011: The Dixie Hummingbirds “Let’s Go Out to the Programs” (1953)
  • 2005: Fats Domino “Blueberry Hill” (1956)
  • 2007: Thomas A. Dorsey “If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again” (1934)

E
  • 2018: Earth, Wind & Fire “September” (1978)
  • 2009: Cliff Edwards “When You Wish Upon a Star” (1940)
  • 2009: Abe Elenkrig's Yidishe Orchestra “Fon der Choope (From the Wedding)” (1913)
  • 2017: Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” (1987)
  • 2011: Ruth Etting “Ten Cents a Dance” (1930)
  • 2004: Europe's Society Orchestra “The Castles in Europe One-Step (Castle House Rag)” (1914)
  • 2013: The Everly Brothers “Cathy’s Clown” (1960)

F
  • 2007: Joe Falcon “Allons a Lafayette” (1928)
  • 2002: Fisk Jubilee Singers “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” (1909)
  • 2004: Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” (1949)
  • 2006: Red Foley & the Sunshine Boys “Peace in the Valley” (1951)
  • 2014: Tennessee Ernie Ford “Sixteen Tons” (1955)
  • 2022: Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (1966)
  • 2002: Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
  • 2018: Lefty Frizzell “Long Black Veil” (1959)

G
  • 2016: Judy Garland “Over the Rainbow” (1939)
  • 2015: Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978)
  • 2002: Paul Whiteman with George Gershwin “Rhapsody in Blue” (1924)
  • 2004: Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto “The Girl from Ipanema” (1964)
  • 2004: Dizzy Gillespie with Chano Pozo “Manteca” (1947)
  • 2004: Golden Gate Orchestra “Charleston” (1925)
  • 2005: Golden Gate Quartet “John the Revelator” (1938)
  • 2002: Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five “The Message” (1982)
  • 2010: Al Green “Let’s Stay Together” (1971)
  • 2017: Arlo Guthrie “Alice’s Restaurant Massacre” (1967)
  • 2002: Woody Guthrie “This Land Is Your Land” (1944)

H
  • 2017: Bill Haley & His Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (1954)
  • 2005: Hampton Quartette “Listen to the Lambs” (1917)
  • 2012: Marion Harris “After You’ve Gone” (1919)
  • 2004: Coleman Hawkins “Body and Soul” (1940)
  • 2005: Edwin Hawkins Singers “Oh Happy Day” (1969)
  • 2013: Roland Hayes “Were You There” (1940)
  • 2017: Victor Herbert and his Orchestra “Dream Melody Intermezzo: Naughty Marietta” (1911)
  • 2002: Billie Holiday “Strange Fruit” (1939)
  • 2005: Buddy Holly & the Crickets “That’ll Be the Day” (1957)
  • 2008: John Lee Hooker “Boogie Chillen” (1948)
  • 2011: Sol Hoʻopiʻi “Fascinating Rhythm” (1938)
  • 2019: Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
  • 2009: Howlin’ Wolf “Smokestack Lightnin’” (1956)
  • 2005: Pawlo Humeniuk “Tanec Pid Werbamy (Dance Under the Willows)” (1926)

I
  • 2015: The Impressions “People Get Ready” (1965)
  • 2017: The Ink Spots “If I Didn’t Care” (1939)

J
  • 2005: Mahalia Jackson “Move on Up a Little Higher” (1948)
  • 2013: Elmore James “Dust My Broom” (1951)
  • 2008: Etta James “At Last” (1961)
  • 2014: Blind Lemon Jefferson “Black Snake Moan” (1928)
  • 2014: Blind Lemon Jefferson “Match Box Blues” (1928)
  • 2015: Billy Joel “Piano Man” (1973)
  • 2010: Blind Willie Johnson “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” (1927)
  • 2013: George W. Johnson “The Laughing Song” (1896)
  • 2022: James P. Johnson “Harlem Strut” (1921)
  • 2008: George Jones “He Stopped Loving Her Today” (1980)
  • 2013: Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five “Caldonia” (1945)
  • 2004: Al Jolson “Swanee” (1920)
  • 2022: Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’” (1981)

K
  • 2020: Israel Kamakawiwo’ole “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”/”What A Wonderful World” (1993)
  • 2020: Kermit the Frog “The Rainbow Connection” (1979)
  • 2011: Stan Kenton “Artistry in Rhythm” (1943)
  • 2005: Kid Ory “Ory’s Creole Trombone” (1922)
  • 2014: Ben E. King “Stand by Me” (1961)
  • 2008: The Kingston Trio “Tom Dooley” (1958)
  • 2020: Kool & the Gang “Celebration” (1980)

L
  • 2020: LaBelle “Lady Marmalade” (1974)
  • 2003: Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter “Goodnight Irene” (1933)
  • 2009: Iry LeJeune “Evangeline Special” (1948)
  • 2009: Iry LeJeune “Love Bridge Waltz” (1948)
  • 2005: Jerry Lee Lewis “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (1957)
  • 2009: Little Richard “Tutti Frutti” (1955)
  • 2017: Kenny Loggins “Footloose” (1984)
  • 2015: Julie London “Cry Me a River” (1955)
  • 2010: Professor Longhair “Tipitina” (1953)
  • 2013: The Louvin Brothers “When I Stop Dreaming” (1955)
  • 2009: Loretta Lynn “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1970)

M
  • 2013: Harry MacDonough with Olive Kline “They Didn't Believe Me” (1915)
  • 2016: Manhattan Harmony “Lift Every Voice” (1923)
  • 2005: Martha & the Vandellas “Dancing in the Street (1964)
  • 2017: Canario y Su Grupo with Davilita on lead vocals, written by Rafael Hernández Marín “Lamento Borincano” (1930)
  • 2022: Ricky Martin “Livin’ La Vida Loca” (1999)
  • 2019: Narciso Martínez and Santiago Almeida “La Chicharronera” (1936)
  • 2009: Max Mathews/John L. Kelly Jr./Carol Lockbaum “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)” (1961)
  • 2006: John McCormack “Il Mio Tesoro” (1916)
  • 2016: Don McLean “American Pie” (1971)
  • 2015: Blind Willie McTell “Statesboro Blues” (1928)
  • 2010: Edward Meeker “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (1908)
  • 2019: Memphis Minnie “Me and My Chauffeur Blues” (1941)
  • 2010: Lydia Mendoza “Mal Hombre” (1934)
  • 2014: Johnny Mercer with the Pied Pipers “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” (1945)
  • 2002: Military Band “Stars and Stripes Forever” (1897)
  • 2004: Glenn Miller “In the Mood” (1939)
  • 2007: The Miracles “The Tracks of My Tears” (1965)
  • 2008: Carmen Miranda “O Que É Que A Bahiana Tem?” (1939)
  • 2017: The Mississippi Sheiks “Sitting on Top of the World” (1930)
  • 2011: Patsy Montana “I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart” (1935)
  • 2005: Rita Montaner “El Manisero (The Peanut Vendor)” (1927)
  • 2016: Melba Moore & Friends “Lift Every Voice” (1990)
  • 2006: Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers “Black Bottom Stomp” (1926)
  • 2014: Gerry Mulligan Quartet featuring Chet Baker “My Funny Valentine” (1953)
  • 2003: Billy Murray “You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”)” (1906)

N-O
  • 2005: NBC Symphony conducted by Arturo Toscanini “Adagio for Strings” (1938)
  • 2009: King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band “Canal Street Blues” (1923)
  • 2007: Roy Orbison “(Oh) Pretty Woman” (1964)
  • 2002: Original Dixieland Jazz Band “Tiger Rag” (1918)
  • 2003: Vess Ossman “Honolulu Cake Walk” (1898)

P
  • 2008: Oran “Hot Lips” Page with Eddie Condon’s Jazz Band “Uncle Sam’s Blues” (1944)
  • 2011: Gabby Pahinui “Hula Medley” (1947)
  • 2020: Marika Papagika “Smyrneikos Balos” (1928)
  • 2002: Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, et al “Ko-Ko” (1945)
  • 2011: Dolly Parton “Coat of Many Colors” (1971)
  • 2006: Charley Patton “Pony Blues” (1929)
  • 2002: Les Paul & Mary Ford “How High the Moon” (1951)
  • 2015: Peerless Quartet “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” (1911)
  • 2004: The Penguins “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” (1954)
  • 2006: Carl Perkins “Blue Suede Shoes” (1956)
  • 2020: Hjalmar Peterson “Nikolina” (1917)
  • 2016: Wilson Pickett “In the Midnight Hour” (1965)
  • 2007: Rosa Ponselle and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Giulio Setti “Casta Diva from Bellini’s Norma” (1929)
  • 2006: Cole Porter “You’re the Top” (1934)
  • 2008: Frank Proffitt “Tom Dooley” (1940)

Q-R
  • 2022: Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975)
  • 2004: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey “See See Rider” (1923)
  • 2003: Otis Redding “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long to Stop Now” (1965)
  • 2009: R.E.M. “Radio Free Europe” (1981)
  • 2016: Harry Richman “Puttin’ on the Ritz” (1929)
  • 2014: The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (1964)
  • 2002: Eck Robertson “Arkansas Traveler” (1922)
  • 2002: Eck Robertson “Sallie Gooden” (1922)
  • 2004: Jimmie Rodgers “Blue Yodel #1 (T for Texas)” (1928)
  • 2017: Kenny Rogers “The Gambler” (1978)
  • 2006: The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965)
  • 2019: Raoul Romito “Sacco e Vanzetti” (1927)
  • 2006: The Ronettes “Be My Baby” (1963)
  • 2011: Lillian Russell “Come Down Ma Evenin’ Star” (1912)

S
  • 2018: Sam & Dave “Soul Man” (1967)
  • 2005: Gil Scott-Heron “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” (1970)
  • 2009: Tupac Shakur “Dear Mama” (1995)
  • 2012: Artie Shaw “Begin the Beguine” (1938)
  • 2019: Allan Sherman “Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh” (1963)
  • 2018: Nina Simone “Mississippi Goddam” (1964)
  • 2016: Sister Sledge “We Are Family” (1979)
  • 2002: Bessie Smith “Down Hearted Blues” (1923)
  • 2020: Connie Smith “Once a Day” (1964)
  • 2002: Kate Smith “God Bless America” (1938)
  • 2005: Mamie Smith “Crazy Blues” (1920)
  • 2010: The Sons of the Pioneer “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” (1934)
  • 2022: The Soul Stirrers “Jesus Gave Me Water” (1950)
  • 2008: The Stanley Brothers “Rank Stranger” (1960)
  • 2015: W.H. Stepp “Bonaparte’s Retreat” (1937)
  • 2006: Cal Stewart “Uncle Josh and the Insurance Agent” (1904)
  • 2011: Sugarhill Gang “Rapper’s Delight” (1979)
  • 2011: Donna Summer “I Feel Love” (1977)
  • 2015: The Supremes “Where Did Our Love Go” (1964)
  • 2014: The Swan Silvertones “Mary Don’t You Weep” (1959)
  • 2018: Sylvester “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” (1978)

T
  • 2004: Mable Wilson Tatro “The Suncook Town Tragedy” (1930)
  • 2007: Art Tatum “Sweet Lorraine” (1940)
  • 2017: The Temptations “My Girl” (1965)
  • 2004: Sister Rosetta Tharpe “Down by the Riverside” (1944)
  • 2016: Big Mama Thornton “Hound Dog” (1952)
  • 2005: Frankie Trumbauer and His Orchestra with Bix Beiderbecke “Singin’ the Blues” (1927)
  • 2022: Ernest Tubb “Walking the Floor Over You” (1941)
  • 2004: Sophie Tucker “Some of These Days” (1911)

U-V

W-X-Y-Z
  • 2020: Albertina Walker & the Caravans “Lord, Keep Me Day by Day” (1959)
  • 2007: T-Bone Walker “Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)” (1947)
  • 2004: Fats Waller “Ain’t Misbehavin’” (1929)
  • 2017: Clara Ward & the Ward Singers “How I Got Over” (1950)
  • 2004: Ethel Waters “Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)” (1933)
  • 2004: Muddy Waters “Hoochie Coochie Man” (1954)
  • 2007: Kitty Wells “It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” (1952)
  • 2019: Paul Whiteman “Whispering” (1920)
  • 2022: Andy Williams “Moon River” (1962)
  • 2015: Clarence Williams’ Blue Five “Wild Cat Blues” (2015)
  • 2004: Hank Williams “Lovesick Blues” (1949)
  • 2008: Mary Lou Williams “Night Life” (1930)
  • 2003: Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys “New San Antonio Rose” (1940)
  • 2008: Link Wray “Rumble” (1958)
  • 2010: Tammy Wynette “Stand by Your Man” (1968)
  • 2012: Frank Yankovic & His Yanks “Just Because” (1947)

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First posted 3/24/2019; last updated 4/13/2022.

National Recording Registry: Albums

National Recording Registry:

Album Inductees, 2002-2022

The National Recording Registry was established by the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000. The Librarian of Congress appoints members to the National Recording Preservation Board which, since 2002, has selected 25 recordings annually for preservation in the Library of Congress. As the website says, the recordings showcase “the range and diversity of American recorded sound heritage in order to increase preservation awareness.” This particular page lists albums which have inducted into the Registry. Click here to see songs which have been inducted into the National Recording Registry.

Check out other Hall of Fame-style album awards here.


Year of Induction: Performer/Composer/Recorder Album (Year released/years recorded)

A

B
  • 2002: Milton Babbitt (composer)/Bethany Beardslee (performer) Philomel: For Soprano (1971)
  • 2018: Johann Sebastian Bach (composer)/Pablo Casals (performer) Cello Suites (6) (classical, composed 1717-23, recorded 1939)
  • 2003: Johann Sebastian Bach (composer)/Glenn Gould (performer) Goldberg Variations (classical, composed 1741, performed 1955)
  • 2003: Johann Sebastian Bach (composer)/Robert Shaw Chorale (performer) Mass in B Minor (classical, composed 1733-1749, recorded 1947)
  • 2014: Joan Baez Joan Baez (1960)
  • 2009: The Band The Band (1969)
  • 2014: Sweet Emma Barrett/Preservation Hall Jazz Band New Orleans’ Sweet Emma Barrett and Her Preservation Hall Jazz Band (1964)
  • 2004: The Beach Boys Pet Sounds (1966)
  • 2003: The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • 2007: Ludwig van Beethoven (composer)/Artur Schnabel (performer) Piano Sonatas (32) (classical, composed 1795-1822, recorded 1932-35)
  • 2005: Ludwig van Beethoven (composer)/Modesto High School Band (performer) Egmont Overture (classical, composed 1809-10, recorded 1930)
  • 2003: Ludwig van Beethoven (composer)/Budapest Quartet (performer) String Quartets (16) (classical, composed 1798-1826, performed 1940-50)
  • 2017: Harry Belafonte Calypso (1956)
  • 2014: Stephen Vincent Benét (composer)/Tyrone Power, Judith Anderson, and Raymond Massey (performers)/Charles Laughton (director) John Brown’s Body (poetry reading, composed 1928, performed 1953)
  • 2008: Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim (composers) West Side Story (cast album: 1957)
  • 2012: Big Brother & the Holding Company Cheap Thrills (1968)
  • 2011: William Billings (composer)/The Gregg Smith Singers (performer) The Continental Harmony: The Gregg Smith Singers Perform Music of William Billings (1969)
  • 2006: Eubie Blake The Eighty-Six Years of Eubie Blake (1969)
  • 2013: Art Blakey A Night at Birdland (Volumes 1 & 2 (1954)
  • 2005: Hector Berlioz (composer)/ Boston Symphony Orchestra with the Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society (performer) La Damanation of Faust (The Damnation of Faust) (classical, composed 1846, performed 1954)
  • 2002: Marc Blitzstein (composer) The Cradle Will Rock (cast: 1938)
  • 2019: Jerry Bock/Sheldon Harnick (composers) Fiddler on the Roof (cast, 1964)
  • 2016: David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
  • 2018: Lord Benjamin Britten (composer) War Requiem (classical, composed 1962, performed 1963)
  • 2004: James Brown Live at the Apollo Volume 1 (live, 1962)
  • 2020: Jackson Browne Late for the Sky (1974)
  • 2005: Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out (1959)
  • 2022: Buena Vista Social Club Buena Vista Social Club (1997)

C
  • 2010: Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica (1969)
  • 2015: George Carlin Class Clown (comedy, 1972)
  • 2005: Wendy Carlos Switched-On Bach (1968)
  • 2012: Betty Carter The Audience with Betty Carter (1980)
  • 2005: Elliott Carter (composer)/Louisville Orchestra (performer) Variations for Orchestra (composed 1955, performed 1956)
  • 2003: Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison (live, 1968)
  • 1978: Cheap Trick At Budokan (live: recorded 1978, released 1979)
  • 2015: Clifton Chenier Bogalusa Boogie (1976)
  • 2004: Reverend James Cleveland Peace Be Still (1962)
  • 2020: Jimmy Cliff et al The Harder They Come (1972)
  • 2012: Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)
  • 2004: John Coltrane Giant Steps (1960)
  • 2015: John Coltrane A Love Supreme (1965)
  • 2013: Aaron Copland (composer) Appalachian Spring (ballet, composed 1944, performed 1974)
  • 2009: Bill Cosby I Started Out as a Child (comedy, 1964)
  • 2007: Elizabeth Cotten Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes (1959)
  • 2010: George Crumb (composer)/New York Strings Quartet (performer) Black Angels (Thirteen Images from the Dark Land) (1972)
  • 2013: Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco Celia & Johnny (1974)
  • 2019: Colin Currie Percussion Concerto (2008)

D

E
  • 2016: Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (compilation: 1971-75, released 1976)
  • 2003: Eastman Wind Ensemble with Frederick Fennell Winds in Hi-Fi (opera, 1958)
  • 2002: Duke Ellington The Blanton-Webster Band (box set: 1939-42, released 1990)
  • 2022: Duke Ellington At Newport (live, 1956)
  • 2009: Bill Evans Trio The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings (live, recorded 1961)

F
  • 2010: John Fahey Blind Joe Death (1959)
  • 2003: Fania All-Stars Live at Yankee Stadium (live, 1975)
  • 2005: Firesign Theatre Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers (1970)
  • 2003: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book (covers, 1956)
  • 2017: Fleetwood Mac Rumours (1977)
  • 2016: Renée Fleming Signatures (1997)
  • 2018: Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America Volume One: The Early Years (comedy, 1961)

G
  • 2003: Judy Garland Judy at Carnegie Hall (live, 1961)
  • 2003: Marvin Gaye What’s Going On (1971)
  • 2003: George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin/Dubose Heyward (composers) Porgy and Bess (opera/musical, composed 1935, cast: 1942)
  • 2012: Philip Glass (composer) Einstein on the Beach (1979)
  • 2003: Benny Goodman The Complete Legendary Carnegie Hall Concert (live, recorded 1938)
  • 2018: Dexter Gordon Go! (1962)
  • 2003: Billy Graham Problems of the American Home (spoken, 1954)
  • 2011: Grateful Dead Barton Hall Concert at Cornell University (live, 1977)
  • 2011: Vince Guaraldi A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

H
  • 2007: Herbie Hancock Head Hunters (1973)
  • 2004: George Friedrich Handel (composer)/Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Philadelphia Orchestra (performers)/Eugene Ormandy (conductor)/Richard Condie (choir director) Messiah (classical, composed 1741, performed 1958)
  • 2013: Isaac Hayes Shaft (soundtrack, 1971)
  • 2008: Jascha Heifetz Acoustic Recordings for Victor Records (1917-24)
  • 2005: The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced? (1967)
  • 2014: Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
  • Holst/Handel/Bach (composers)/Frederick Fennell and the Cleveland Symphonic Winds (performers) Holst: Suite No. 1 in E-Flat, Suite No. 2 in F / Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks / Bach: Fantasia in G (1978)
  • 2009: Mississippi John Hurt Today! (1966)

I
  • 2014: Indian Bottom Association Old Regular Baptists: Lined-Out Hymnody from Southeastern Kentucky (1997)
  • 2011: International Sweethearts of Rhythm Hottest Women’s Band of the 1940s (1944-46)
  • 2003: Charles Ives (composer)/John Kirkpatrick (performer) Piano Sonata No. 2 “Concord” (classical, composed and performed 1948)

J
  • 2020: Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)
  • 2007: Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)
  • 2018: Jay-Z The Blueprint (2001)
  • 2007: Ella Jenkins You’ll Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song (1966)
  • 2020: Flaco Jiménez Partners (1992)
  • 2003: Robert Johnson The Complete Recordings (compilation: 1936-37, released 1990)
  • 2016: Scott Joplin (composer)/Gunther Schuller (arranger) Treemonisha (musical, composed 1911, performed 1976)
  • 2005: Victor Jory (narrator) Tubby the Tuba (children, 1946)

K
  • 2005: Jerome Kern (music) & Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics) Show Boat (stage debut: 12/27/27, cast recorded 1933)
  • 2022: Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor (2001)
  • 2020: Albert King Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)
  • 2005: B.B. King Live at the Regal (live, recorded 1964, released 1965)
  • 2003: Carole King Tapestry (1971)
  • 2008: King’s College Choir (performer)/Boris Ord (director) A Festival of Lessons and Carols as Sung on Christmas Eve in King's College Chapel, Cambridge (1954)
  • 2005: Erich Wolfgang Korngold (composer) The Adventures of Robin Hood (film score, 1938)

L
  • 2018: Cyndi Lauper She’s So Unusual (1983)
  • 2004: Tom Lehrer Songs by Tom Lehrer (1953)
  • 2007: Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe (composers) My Fair Lady (cast recording, 1956)
  • 2013: Mance Lipscomb Texas Sharecropper and Songster (1960)
  • 2004: Frank Loesser (composer) Guys and Dolls (cast recording: 1950)
  • 2012: Israel “Cachao” López/Su Ritmo Caliente Descargas: Cuban Jam Sessions in Miniature (1957)
  • 2011: Love Forever Changes (1967)
  • 2002: Lovey’s Trinidad String Band Recordings for Columbia Records (New York City session) (1912)

M
  • 2017: Yo-Yo Ma/Philadelphia Orchestra (performers)Christopher Rouse/Leon Kirchner/Richard Danielpour (composers) Concertos for Violoncello and Orchestra (classical, 1996)
  • 2018: Galt MacDermot (music) with Gerome Ragni & James Rado (lyrics) Hair (cast recording, 1968)
  • 2015: Gustav Mahler (composer)/Vienna Philharmonic (performers)/Bruno Walter (conductor) Symphony No. 9 in D major (classical, composed 1909, performed 1938)
  • 2010: Henry Mancini The Music from Peter Gunn (soundtrack, 1959)
  • 2006: Bob Marley/The Wailers Burnin’ (1973)
  • 2014: Steve Martin A Wild and Crazy Guy (comedy, 1978)
  • 2017: Groucho Marx An Evening with Groucho (comedy, 1972)
  • 2018: Curtis Mayfield Superfly (soundtrack, 1972)
  • 2014: Lincoln Mayorga Lincoln Mayorga and Distinguished Colleagues (1968)
  • 2013: Vaughn Meader The First Family (comedy, 1962)
  • 2015: Metallica Master of Puppets (1986)
  • 2020: Pat Metheny Bright Size Life
  • 2003: Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um (1959)
  • 2007: Joni Mitchell For the Roses (1972)
  • 2003: Thelonious Monk Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1 (recorded 1947, released 1951)
  • 2016: Wes Montgomery The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (1960)
  • 2011: Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly I Can Hear It Now (radio news broadcasts, 1933-45)
  • 2003: Modest Mussorgsky (composer)/Chicago Symphony Orchestra (performers)/Rafael Kubelik (conductor) Tableaux d'une Exposition (Pictures at an Exhibition) (classical, composed for piano in 1874, reworked for orchestra in 1922, performed 1951)

N
  • 2020: Nas Illmatic (1994)
  • 2009: Willie Nelson Red Headed Stranger (1975)
  • 2008: New York Pro Musica under the direction of Noah Greenberg (performers)/students from the school of Beauvais Cathedral (composers) The Play of Daniel: A Twelfth-Century Drama (composed 1227-34, performed 1958)
  • 2006: Bob Newhart The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart (comedy, 1960)
  • 2004: Nirvana Nevermind (1991)
  • 2005: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be Unbroken (1972)
  • 2013: Larry Norman Only Visiting This Planet (1972)
  • 2015: Alex North (composer) A Streetcar Named Desire (soundtrack, 1951)
  • 2016: N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton (1989)

O
  • 2020: Odetta Sings Ballads & Blues (1957)
  • 2004: Michael Babatunde Olatunji Drums of Passion (1960)
  • 2013: Buck Owens & His Buckaroos Carnegie Hall Concert (live, 1966)

P-Q
  • 2010: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (composer)/Roger Wagner Chorale (performer) Missa Papae Marcelli (Pope Marcellus Mass) (classical, composed 1562, performed 1951)
  • 2009: Eddie Palmieri Azucar Pa' Ti (1965)
  • 2011: Parliament Mothership Connection (1975)
  • 2004: Harry Partch (composer)/Gate 5 Ensemble (performer) U.S. Highball (A Musical Account of a Transcontinental Hobo Trip) (1946)
  • 2010: Roger Payne (producer) Songs of the Humpback Whale (nature recordings, 1970)
  • 2012: Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
  • 2014: Cole Porter (composer) Kiss Me, Kate (cast recording, 1949)
  • 2002: Elvis Presley The Sun Sessions (archives, 1954-55)
  • 2012: Leontyne Price A Program of Song (1959)
  • 2011: Prince & the Revolution Purple Rain (1984)
  • 2004: Sergey Prokofiev (composer)/Richard Hale (narrator)/Serge Koussevitzky (conductor)/Boston Symphony Orchestra (performer) Peter and the Wolf (1939)
  • 2016: Richard Pryor Wanted: Live in Concert (comedy, 2016)
  • 2004: Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
  • 2019: Giacomo Puccini (composer) Tosca (opera, 1900)
  • 2002: Tito Puente Dance Mania (1958)

R
  • 2004: Sergei Rachmaninov (composer/pianist)/Philadelphia Orchestra (performer)/Leopold Stowoski (conductor) Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor (classical, composed 1901, performed 1929)
  • 2016: Sergei Rachmaninov (composer)/The Robert Shaw Festival Singers (performers) Vespers (All-Night Vigil) (classical, composed 1915, performed 1990)
  • 2014: Radiohead OK Computer (1997)
  • 2022: Bonnie Raitt Nick of Time (1989)
  • 2012: Ramones Ramones (1976)
  • 2018: Ola Belle Reed Ola Belle Reed (1973)
  • 2017: Steve Reich/Richard Maxfield/Pauline Oliveros (composers) New Sounds in Electronic Music (1967)
  • 2008: Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks 2000 Years with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks (comedy, 1961)
  • 2022: Teddy Riley In C (1968)
  • 2022: Max Roach We Insist! Freedom Now Suite (1960)
  • 2016: Marty Robbins Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs (1959)
  • 2003: Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) Oklahoma! (cast recording, 1944)
  • 2012: Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) South Pacific (cast recording, 1949)
  • 2017: Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) The Sound of Music (soundtrack, 1965)
  • 2019: Fred Rogers Mister Rogers Sings 21 Favorite Songs from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1973)
  • 2016: Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus (1956)
  • 2013: Linda Ronstadt Heart Like a Wheel (1974)
  • 2022: Linda Ronstadt Canciones de Mi Padre (Songs of My Father) (1987)
  • 2017: Run-D.M.C. Raising Hell (1986)

S
  • 2010: Mort Sahl At Sunset (1955)
  • 2015: Buffy Sainte-Marie It’s My Way! (1964)
  • 2015: Santana Abraxas (1970)
  • 2015: Robert and Clara Schumann (composers)/Beaux Arts Trio (performer) Complete Piano Trios (classical, composed 1846-51, performed 1972)
  • 2003: Tony Schwartz New York Taxi Driver (spoken, 1959)
  • 2019: Maria Schneider Concert in the Garden (2004)
  • 2016: Pete Seeger We Shall Overcome (live, 1963)
  • 2019: Selena Ven Conmigo (1990)
  • 2014: Sesame Street All-Time Platinum Favorites (children, 1995)
  • 2022: The Shirelles Tonight’s the Night (1961)
  • 2012: Simon & Garfunkel Sounds of Silence (1966)
  • 2006: Paul Simon Graceland (1986)
  • 2002: Frank Sinatra Songs for Young Lovers (1954)
  • 2014: Sly & the Family Stone Stand! (1969)
  • 2016: Charlie Smalls (composer) The Wiz (cast recording, 1975)
  • 2009: Patti Smith Horses (1975)
  • 2013: Stephen Sondheim (composer) Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (cast recording, 1979)
  • 2005: Sonic Youth Daydream Nation (1988)
  • 2019: Dusty Springfield Dusty in Memphis (1969)
  • 2003: Bruce Springsteen Born to Run (1975)
  • 2009: The Staple Singers Soul Folk in Action (1968)
  • 2010: Steely Dan Aja (1977)
  • 2011: Richard Strauss (composer)/Chicago Symphony Orchestra (performers)/Fritz Reiner (conductor) Also Sprach Zarathustra (classical, composed 1896, performed 1954)
  • 2020: Richard Strauss (composer)/Jessye Norman (performer) Four Last Songs (classical, composed 1948, performed in 1983)
  • 2002: Igor Stravinsky (composer)/New York Philharmonic (performers) Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (ballet, composed 1913, performed 1940)
  • 2016: Barbra Streisand People (1964)
  • 2009: Jule Styne (music) & Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) Gypsy (cast recording, 1959)
  • 2009: Morton Subotnick Silver Apples of the Moon (2009)

T
  • 2016: Talking Heads Remain in Light (1980)
  • 2004: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (composer)/Vladimir Horowitz/NBC Symphony Orchestra (performers)/Arturo Toscanini (conductor) Piano Concerto No. 1 (classical, composed 1875, performed 1943)
  • 2012: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (composer)/Van Cliburn (performer) Piano Concerto No. 1 (classical, composed 1875, performed 1958)
  • 2004: Virgil Thomson (composer) Four Saints in Three Acts (1947)
  • 2014: Joan Tower (composer)/Colorado Symphony Orchestra (performer)/Martin Alsop (conductor) Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman (classical, composed 1986, performed 1999)
  • 2017: Merle Travis Folk Songs of the Hills (1946)
  • 2022: A Tribe Called Quest The Low-End Theory (1991)
  • 2019: Tina Turner Private Dancer (1984)
  • 2004: Tuskegee Institute Choir/Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Philadelphia Orchestra (performers)/Eugene Ormandy (conductor)/Richard P. Condie (choir director)/William L. Dawson (director) Tuskegee Institute Choir Sings Spirituals (1955)

U
  • 2013: U2 The Joshua Tree (1987)
  • 2007: United States Marine Band Recordings for the National Cultural Center (1963)

V
  • 2005: Edgard Varèse (composer) Poeme Electronique (composed 1958)
  • 2006: Sarah Vaughan Live in Japan (live, 1973)
  • 2006: Velvet Underground & Nico Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
  • 2020: Giuseppe Verdi (composer)/Leontyne Price et al (performers) Aida (opera, composed 1871, performed 1962)
  • 2003: Antonio Vivaldi (composer)/Louis Kaufman/Concert Hall String Orchestra (performers) The Four Seasons (classical, composed 1725, performed 1947)
  • 2019: Hildegard von Bingen (composer)/Gothic Voices (performer)/Christopher Page (conductor) A Feather on the Breath of God (1982)

W

X-Y-Z

Various Artists
  • 2005: various artists (performers)/ Harry Smith (compiler) Anthology of American Folk Music (box set, recorded 1926-32, released 1952)
  • 2019: various artists (performers)/Hiromi Lorraine Sakata (compiler) Collection of Afghan Traditional Music (box, 1973)
  • 2020: various artists (Margo Thomas et al) Free to Be You and Me (1972)
  • 2010: various artists (Nat “King” Cole, Les Paul, Buddy Rich, et al) Jazz at the Philharmonic (live, 1944)
  • 2007: various artists (performers)/Norman Granz (producer) The Jazz Scene (1949)
  • 2007: various artists (performers)/David Lewiston (recorder) Music from the Morning of the World (1966)
  • 2006: various artists (Pixinguinha, Donga, Cartola, Jararaca, Ratinho and José Espinguela)/Leopold Stowowski (supervisor) Native Brazilian Music (1942)
  • 2012: various artists (Bee Gees et al) Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack, 1977)
  • 2018: various artists Schoolhouse Rock!: The Box Set (children, box set: 1996)

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First posted 3/23/2019; last updated 4/13/2022.