Arts & Entertainment

Jay-Z, Neil Diamond Among Inductees for National Recording Registry

Library of Congress honors cultural and historic treasures.


Spanning a century, the newest inductees into the National Recording Registry truly include something for every taste.

The eclectic mix of 25 inductees includes Curtis Mayfield's 1969 album "Superfly," Jay-Z's 2001 rap masterpiece "The Blueprint," Ritchie Valen's 1958 hit "La Bamba," and Neil Diamond's classic "Sweet Caroline"--a favorite of college football fans across Pennsylvania, and sports fans across the country.

Cover for Neil Diamond's 1969 hit single "Sweet Caroline"

Every year, the Library of Congress names inductees to the Registry as "aural treasures worthy of preservation because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation's recorded sound heritage."

"The National Recording Registry honors the music that enriches our souls, the voices that tell our stories and the sounds that mirror our lives," said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. "The Library of Congress and its many collaborators are working to preserve these sounds and moments in time, which reflect our past, present and future."

In addition to popular music, the Registry is also honoring "Schoolhouse Rock!: The Box Set," the soundtrack to the 1968 musical "Hair," the radio Western "Gunsmoke," and Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 speech following the death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Cover for Jay-Z's 2001 album "The Blueprint"

Jay-Z is the most contemporary inductee, the oldest are the Yiddish Cylinders from 1901-1905. These are believed to be the earliest recordings of Yiddish songs.

To see the complete list of inductees, and to learn more about the National Recording Registry, you can click here.

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