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.

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