The National Recording Registry is a list of sound recordings that "are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States." The registry was established by the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, which created the National Recording Preservation Board, whose members are appointed by the Librarian of Congress. The recordings preserved in the United States National Recording Registry form a registry of recordings selected yearly by the National Recording Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress.
The National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 established a national program to guard America's sound recording heritage. The Act created the National Recording Registry, The National Recording Preservation Board and a fund-raising foundation. The purpose of the Registry is to maintain and preserve sound recordings and collections of sound recordings that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. Beginning in 2002, the National Recording Preservation Board has selected recordings nominated each year to be preserved.
The first four yearly lists each had 50 selections. Since 2006, 25 recordings have been selected annually. As of 2019[update], a total of 550 recordings have been preserved in the Registry. Each calendar year, public nominations are accepted for inclusion in that year's list of selections, which are announced the following spring.
Each yearly list typically includes a few recordings that have also been selected for inclusion in the holdings of the National Archives' audiovisual collection. Recordings on the National Recording Registry that are of a political nature tend to overlap with the audiovisual collection of the National Archives. The list shows overlapping items and whether the National Archives has an original or a copy of the recording.
The criteria for selection are:
- Recordings selected for the National Recording Registry are "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant", and/or inform or reflect culture in the United States.
- Recordings will not be considered for inclusion in the National Recording Registry if no copy of the recording exists.
- No recording is eligible for inclusion in the National Recording Registry until ten years after the recording's creation.
Selected exhibition recordings for the phonograph were the earliest recordings added in 2002.
Chuck Berry, widely considered to have "laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance".
NBC's coverage of Charles Lindbergh in Washington was an important achievement with reporters at three locations in the city.
Jimmie Rodgers, once a railroad brakeman, soon became known as "The Father of Country Music.
Paul Robeson used his diverse talents to pave a successful career as a performer and become active in sociopolitical affairs amidst controversy.
Former champion Max Schmeling handed Joe Louis his first loss.
Pete Seeger adapted a gospel song, "I Shall Overcome" by changing to "We", and it became a civil rights standard.
"Allons à Lafayette" was the best-known recording by Cajun accordionist Joe Falcon.
Jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams, known for her own composition Zodiac Suite.
Winston Churchill's "Sinews of Peace" address originated the term "Iron Curtain."
Patti Smith was one of punk rock's poetic pioneers.
Wilt Chamberlain was voted as one of the greatest players ever to played the game of basketball.
The Ink Spots, a popular African-American vocal jazz group during the 1930s-1940s
On January 27, 2003, the following 50 selections were announced by the National Recording Preservation Board.
In March 2004, the following 50 selections were made by the National Recording Preservation Board.
In April 2005, the following 50 selections were made by the National Recording Preservation Board.
In April 2006, the following 50 selections were made by the National Recording Preservation Board.
On March 6, 2007, the following 25 selections were made by the National Recording Preservation Board.
|Recording or collection||Performer or agent||Year||National|
|"Uncle Josh and the Insurance Agent"||Cal Stewart||1904|
|"Il Mio Tesoro"||John McCormack; orchestra
conducted by Walter Rogers
|National Defense Test||General John J. Pershing||September 12, 1924||copy|
|"Black Bottom Stomp"||Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers||1926|
|"Wildwood Flower"||Carter Family||1928|
|"Pony Blues"||Charley Patton||1929|
|"You're the Top"||Cole Porter||1934|
|The Lone Ranger
Episode: "The Osage Bank Robbery"
|Earle Graser, John Todd||December 17, 1937|
|"Day of Infamy" speech to Congress||Franklin D. Roosevelt||December 8, 1941||copy|
|Native Brazilian music recorded
under the supervision of Leopold Stokowski
|Pixinguinha, Donga, Cartola,
Jararaca, Ratinho and José Espinguela
|"Peace in the Valley"||Red Foley and the Sunshine Boys||1951|
|"Polonaise in A Major" ("Polonaise militaire"),
Op. 40, No. 1, by Frédéric Chopin
|"Blue Suede Shoes"||Carl Perkins||1955|
|Interviews with William "Billy" Bell
(Canadian-Irish northwoods work songs)
|Recorded by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives||1956|
|The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart||Bob Newhart||1960|
|"Be My Baby"[α]||The Ronettes||1963|
|We Shall Overcome||Pete Seeger||1963|
|"A Change Is Gonna Come"[α]||Sam Cooke||1964|
|"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"[α]||The Rolling Stones||1965|
|The Velvet Underground & Nico||The Velvet Underground and Nico||1967|
|The Eighty-Six Years of Eubie Blake||Eubie Blake||1969|
|Live in Japan||Sarah Vaughan||1973|
|Recording or collection||Performer or agent||Year||National|
|The first transatlantic broadcast||March 14, 1925|
|"Allons a Lafayette"||Joe Falcon||1928|
|"Casta Diva" from Bellini's Norma||Rosa Ponselle and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Giulio Setti||December 31, 1928 and January 30, 1929|
|"If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again"||Thomas A. Dorsey||1934|
|"Sweet Lorraine"||Art Tatum||1940|
|Fibber McGee and Molly
Fibber's closet opens for the first time
|Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan||March 4, 1940|
|Wings Over Jordan||May 10, 1942|
|Fiorello H. La Guardia reading the comics||Fiorello H. La Guardia||1945|
|"Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)"||T-Bone Walker||1947|
|Speech at the 1948 Democratic National Convention||Harry S. Truman||July 15, 1948|
|The Jazz Scene||Various artists, produced by Norman Granz||1949|
|"It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"[α]||Kitty Wells||1952|
|My Fair Lady[α]||Original cast||1956|
|Navajo Shootingway Ceremony Field Recordings||Recorded by David McAllester||1957–1958|
|"Freight Train" and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes||Elizabeth Cotten||1959|
|United States Marine Band Recordings for the National Cultural Center||1963|
|"Oh, Pretty Woman"||Roy Orbison||1964|
|"The Tracks of My Tears"||Smokey Robinson and the Miracles||1965|
|You'll Sing a Song and I'll Sing a Song||Ella Jenkins||1966|
|Music from the Morning of the World||Various artists, recorded by David Lewiston||1966|
|For the Roses||Joni Mitchell||1972|
|Head Hunters||Herbie Hancock||1973|
|Ronald Reagan radio broadcasts||Ronald Reagan||1976–79|
|Murmurs of Earth
Disc prepared for the Voyager spacecraft
|compilation produced by Carl Sagan||1977|
On June 10, 2009, the following 25 selections were made by the National Recording Preservation Board.
On June 23, 2010, the following 25 selections were made by the National Recording Preservation Board.
|Recording or collection||Performer or agent||Year||National|
|"Fon der Choope (From the Wedding)"||Abe Elenkrig's Yidishe Orchestra||April 4, 1913|
|"Canal Street Blues"||King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band||April 5, 1923|
|Tristan und Isolde, NBC broadcast||Metropolitan Opera, featuring Kirsten Flagstad and Lauritz Melchior||March 9, 1935|
|"When You Wish Upon a Star"[α]||Cliff Edwards||1938 (recorded) / 1940 (released)|
|America's Town Meeting of the Air: "Should Our Ships Convoy Materials to England?"||George V. Denny, Jr. (host); Reinhold Niebuhr, John Flynn (guests)||May 8, 1941|
|The Library of Congress Marine Corps Combat Field Recording Collection, Second Battle of Guam.||1944|
|"Evangeline Special" and "Love Bridge Waltz"||Iry LeJeune||1948|
|The Little Engine That Could[α]||Paul Wing, narrator||1949|
|Leon Metcalf Collection of recordings of the First People of western Washington State||Leon Metcalf||1950–1954|
|"Tutti Frutti"||Little Richard||1955|
|"Smokestack Lightning"||Howlin' Wolf||1956|
|Gypsy||Original cast recording||1959|
|"Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)"||Max Mathews||1961|
|The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings||Bill Evans Trio||June 25, 1961|
|I Started Out as a Child||Bill Cosby||1964|
|Azucar Pa' Ti||Eddie Palmieri||1965|
|Today!||Mississippi John Hurt||1966|
|Silver Apples of the Moon||Morton Subotnick||1967|
|Soul Folk in Action||The Staple Singers||1968|
|The Band[α]||The Band||1969|
|"Coal Miner's Daughter"[α]||Loretta Lynn||1970|
|Red Headed Stranger||Willie Nelson||1975|
|"Radio Free Europe"
original Hib-Tone single
On April 6, 2011, the following 25 selections were announced.
On May 23, 2012, the following 25 selections were made by the National Recording Preservation Board.
|Recording or collection||Performer or agent||Year||National|
|Edison Talking Doll cylinder||November 1888|
|"Come Down Ma Evenin' Star"||Lillian Russell||1912|
|"Ten Cents a Dance"||Ruth Etting||1930|
|Voices from the Days of Slavery||Various||1932–1975|
|"I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart"||Patsy Montana||1935|
|"Fascinating Rhythm"||Sol Hoʻopiʻi||1938|
|"Artistry In Rhythm"||Stan Kenton||1943|
|New York Philharmonic debut of Leonard Bernstein||Leonard Bernstein||November 14, 1943|
|Hottest Women's Band of the 1940s||International Sweethearts of Rhythm||1944–1946 (released 1984)|
|"Hula Medley"||Gabby Pahinui||1947|
|Indians for Indians (Hour)||Don Whistler||March 25, 1947|
|I Can Hear It Now: 1933-1945||Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly||1948|
|"Let's Go Out to the Programs"||The Dixie Hummingbirds||1953|
|Also Sprach Zarathustra[α]||Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra||1954, 1958|
|"Bo Diddley"/ "I'm a Man"||Bo Diddley||1955|
|"Green Onions"[α]||Booker T. & The M.G.'s||1962|
|A Charlie Brown Christmas[α]||Vince Guaraldi Trio||1965|
|The Continental Harmony: The Gregg Smith Singers Perform Music of William Billings||The Gregg Smith Singers||1969|
|"Coat of Many Colors"||Dolly Parton||1971|
|Barton Hall Concert at Cornell University||Grateful Dead||1977|
|"I Feel Love"||Donna Summer||1977|
|"Rapper's Delight" ||Sugarhill Gang||1979|
|Purple Rain[α]||Prince and The Revolution||1984|
On March 21, 2013, the following 25 selections were announced.
|Recording or collection||Performer or agent||Year||National|
|"The Laughing Song"||George W. Johnson||c.1896|
|"They Didn’t Believe Me"||Harry Macdonough and Alice Green||1915|
|"Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"
|Recordings of Kwakwaka’wakw Chief Dan Cranmer||Franz Boas and George Herzog||1938|
|"Were You There"||Roland Hayes||1940|
|"Sammy Goes to the Army"||The Goldbergs||July 9, 1942|
|"Caldonia"||Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five||1945|
|"Dust My Broom"||Elmore James||1951|
|A Night at Birdland (Vols. 1 & 2)||Art Blakey||1954|
|"When I Stop Dreaming"||The Louvin Brothers||1955|
|"Cathy's Clown"||The Everly Brothers||1960|
|Texas Sharecropper and Songster||Mance Lipscomb||1960|
|The First Family||Vaughn Meader||1962|
|Lawrence Ritter's Interviews with Baseball Pioneers of the Late 19th and Early 20th Century||Lawrence Ritter||1962-1966|
|Presidential Recordings of Lyndon B. Johnson||Lyndon B. Johnson||1963-1969|
|Carnegie Hall Concert with Buck Owens and His Buckaroos||Buck Owens and His Buckaroos||1966|
|"Fortunate Son"[α]||Creedence Clearwater Revival||1969|
|Only Visiting This Planet||Larry Norman||1972|
|Celia & Johnny||Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco||1974|
|Copland Conducts Copland: Appalachian Spring[α]||Aaron Copland||1974|
|Heart Like a Wheel||Linda Ronstadt||1974|
|Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Original Cast Recording
|The Joshua Tree||U2||1987|
On March 25, 2015, the following 25 selections were announced.
On March 23, 2016, the following 25 selections were announced.
On March 29, 2017, the following 25 selections were announced.
On March 21, 2018, the following 25 selections were announced.
On March 20, 2019, the following 25 selections were announced.
On March 25, 2020, the following 25 selections were announced.
As of 2019[update], the oldest recording on the list is Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville's Phonautograms which date back to the 1850s. The most recent is Colin Currie's 2008 recording of Jennifer Higdon's Percussion Concerto.
Selections vary widely in duration. Both the early Edison recordings and the instrumental "Rumble" by Link Wray, as well as "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets clock in at under three minutes; the Edison Talking Doll cylinder is only 17 seconds long and some of Scott de Martinville's Photoautograms are just as brief. Meanwhile, Georg Solti's recording of Wagner's complete Ring Cycle is approximately 15 hours in duration and Alexander Scourby's recitation of the King James Bible is over 80 hours in length.
People with multiple entries on the Registry
- Marvin Gaye: What's Going On, "Dancing in the Street" (Martha and the Vandellas) and Cornell 5/8/77 (Grateful Dead's cover of "Dancing in the Street")
- Tito Puente: Dance Mania and Abraxas (Santana)
- Al Green: "Let's Stay Together" and Private Dancer (Tina Turner)
- Merle Haggard: "Mama Tried" and Cornell 5/8/77 (Grateful Dead's cover of "Mama Tried")
- Carole King: Tapestry and Dusty in Memphis (Dusty Springfield)
- George Frideric Handel: Messiah (Eugene Ormandy), Concerto Grosso in B flat major (Erich Leinsdorf and the Boston Symphony Orchestra) and Music for the Royal Fireworks (Frederick Fennell and the Cleveland Symphonic Winds)
- Marian Alsop: Fanfare for the Uncomon Woman (Joan Tower) and Percussion Concerto (Jennifer Higdon)
- Fats Domino: "Blueberry Hill", Horses (Patti Smith) and Cheap Trick at Budokan (band's cover of "Ain't That a Shame")
- Peter Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 (Van Cliburn) and Signatures (Renée Fleming)
- Dave Brubeck: Time Out and The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (Wes Montgomery's cover of "In Your Own Sweet Way")
- Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring and Murmurs of Earth (also containing a section of the same piece)
- Frederick Fennell: Winds in Hi-Fi and Suite No. 1 in E flat, Suite No. 2 in F (Gustav Holst) / Music for the Royal Fireworks (Handel) / Fantasia in G (Bach)
- Benjamin Britten: War Requiem and Signatures (Fleming)
- Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Fritz Reiner), Winds in Hi-Fi (Frederick Fennell and the Cleveland Symphonic Winds), A Program of Song (Leontyne Price) and Signatures (Fleming)
- Dolly Parton: "I Will Always Love You" (Whitney Houston) and "Coat of Many Colors"
- Isaac Hayes: Shaft and The Chronic (sampled by Dr. Dre)
- Gil Scott-Heron:"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" and The Chronic (sampled by Dr. Dre)
- George Clinton: Mothership Connection (Parliament) and The Chronic (sampled by Dr. Dre)
- Blind Willie McTell: "Statesboro Blues" and At Fillmore East (Allman Brothers' cover of "Statesboro Blues")
- T-Bone Walker: "Stormy Monday" and At Fillmore East (Allman Brothers' cover of "Stormy Monday")
- Dr. Dre: Straight Outta Compton (N.W.A.) and The Chronic (solo)
- Stevie Wonder: "Lift Every Voice and Sing" (Melba Moore & Friends) and Songs in the Key of Life (solo)
- John Coltrane: Kind of Blue (Miles Davis), Giant Steps, and A Love Supreme
- Bill Evans: Kind of Blue and The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961
- Scott Joplin: Ragtime piano rolls and Treemonisha
- Orson Welles: War of the Worlds and The Fall of the City
- Chuck Berry: "Roll Over, Beethoven" and Murmurs of Earth (containing "Johnny B. Goode")
- Curtis Mayfield: "People Get Ready" (The Impressions) and Super Fly (solo)
- Louis Armstrong: Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings, Canal Street Blues (King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band), Murmurs of Earth ("Melancholy Blues") and "Mack The Knife"
- Joe Falcon: "Allons à Lafayette" and Anthology of American Folk Music
- Paul Robeson: Show Boat and Othello
- Bing Crosby: "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" and "White Christmas"
- Miles Davis: "Ko-Ko" and Kind of Blue
- Paul Simon: Sounds of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel) and Graceland (solo)
- Dizzy Gillespie: "Ko-Ko" and Manteca
- George Gershwin: "Rhapsody in Blue", Porgy and Bess, Cheap Thrills (Janis Joplin's cover of "Summertime"), "Swanee" and "Fascinating Rhythm"
- James Brown: Fear of the Black Planet (sampled by Public Enemy), The Chronic (sampled by Dr. Dre), My Generation (The Who) and Live at the Apollo
- Otis Redding: "Respect" (Aretha Franklin), 3 Feet High and Rising (sampled by De La Soul) and "I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)"
- Professor Longhair: "Tipatina" and Crescent City Living Legends Collection
- Clifton Chenier: Crescent City Living Legends Collection and Bogalusa Boogie
- Herbie Hancock: Songs in the Key of Life and Head Hunters
- Paul McCartney: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (The Beatles), Private Dancer (Tina Turner) and Thriller (Michael Jackson)
- Johnny Mercer: Carousel of American Music and "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive"
- The Carter Family: "Wildwood Flower", Anthology of American Folk Music and Bristol sessions
- Mother Maybelle Carter: "Wildwood Flower", Anthology of American Folk Music, Bristol sessions, and Will The Circle Be Unbroken (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
- Jimmie Rodgers: "Blue Yodel (T for Texas)" and Bristol sessions
- Nat King Cole: "Straighten Up and Fly Right" and Jazz at the Philharmonic
- Judy Garland: Judy at Carnegie Hall and "Over the Rainbow"
- Thomas A. Dorsey: Precious Lord: New Recordings of the Great Gospel Songs of Thomas A. Dorsey and "If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again"
- Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story, and New York Philharmonic debut
- Edward R. Murrow: I Can Hear It Now: 1933-1945 and 1941 broadcasts from London
- Roy Acuff: Grand Ole Opry debut, "Wabash Cannonball", and Will The Circle Be Unbroken (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) (vocals)
- Carol Kaye: Pet Sounds (Beach Boys), "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (The Righteous Brothers), and Forever Changes (Love) (each as part of The Wrecking Crew)
- Cole Porter: "You're the Top", Kiss Me, Kate, Go (Dexter Gordon) and Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book
- John Lee Hooker: "Boogie Chillen" and Live at the Regal (B.B. King)
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Murmurs of Earth (The Magic Flute) and Signatures (Fleming)
- Stephen Sondheim: West Side Story, Gypsy and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
- Rodgers and Hammerstein: South Pacific, People (Barbra Streisand), Oklahoma! and The Sound of Music
- Brian Eno: Remain in Light (Talking Heads) and The Joshua Tree (U2) (each as producer)
- Irving Berlin: "God Bless America", "Puttin' on the Ritz", People (Streisand) and Carousel of American Music
- Hoagy Carmichael: "Stardust" and Carousel of American Music
- Jelly Roll Morton: Alan Lomax interviews and Black Bottom Stomp
- Marian Anderson: 1939 recital at the Lincoln Memorial and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"
- Clarence Ashley: Anthology of American Folk Music and Old Time Music's At Clarence Ashley's
- Bo Diddley: "I'm a Man" and My Generation (The Who's cover of same song)
- Mississippi John Hurt: Anthology of American Folk Music and Today!
- Arturo Toscanini: Piano Concerto No. 1 and "Adagio for Strings"
- Alan Lomax: Jelly Roll Morton interviews and United Sacred Harp Musical Convention in Fyffe, Alabama
- Leopold Stokowski: 1942 recording of Native Brazilian music and Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor
- Robert Shaw: Mass in B minor (Robert Shaw Chorale) and All-Night Vigil (Robert Shaw Festival Singers)
- Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor and All-Night Virgil
- J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor (Robert Shaw Chorale), Switched-On Bach (Wendy Carlos), Fantasia in G (Frederick Fennell and the Cleveland Symphonic Winds), Cello Suites (Pablo Casals), Murmurs of Earth (Bradenburg Concerto, The Well-Tempered Clavier & Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E Major) and Goldberg Variations (Glenn Gould)
- Johnny Cash: At Folsom Prison and 3 Feet High and Rising (sampled by De La Soul)
- Steely Dan: Aja and 3 Feet High and Rising (sampled by De La Soul) (each in 2010)
- Michael Jackson: Thriller and The Blueprint (Jackson 5; sampled by Jay-Z; additional vocals)
- Jim Morrison: The Doors (The Doors) and The Blueprint (sampled by Jay-Z)
- Al Green: "Let's Stay Together" and The Blueprint (sampled by Jay-Z)
- David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Private Dancer (Tina Turner) and The Blueprint (sampled by Jay-Z)
- Blind Willie Johnson: Anthology of American Folk Music, "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" and Murmurs of Earth (also featuring "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground")
- Teo Macero: Mingus Ah Um (Charles Mingus) and Time Out (Brubeck)
- Harold Arlen: '"Over the Rainbow" and People (Streisand)
- Kurt Weill: "Mack the Knife" (both versions by Louis Armstrong and Bobby Darin) and Saxophone Colossus (Rollins)
- Blind Lemon Jefferson: "That Black Snake Moan/Matchbox Blues" and Anthology of American Folk Music
- Bob Dorough: 3 Feet High and Rising (sampled by De La Soul) and Schoolhouse Rock! Soundtrack
- The Everly Brothers: Graceland (additional vocals) and "Cathy's Clown" (performers)
- Linda Ronstadt: Graceland (backup vocals) and Heart Like a Wheel (solo)
- Uncle Dave Macon: Anthology of American Folk Music and Grand Ole Opry debut
- Bertolt Brecht: "Mack the Knife" (both versions by Armstrong and Darin) and Saxophone Colossus (Rollins)
- Julie Andrews: The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady
- Frank Zappa: We're Only in It for the Money (Mothers of Invention) and Trout Mask Replica (producer)
- Sammy Cahn: People (Streisand) and Go (Gordon)
- Jerry Bock: People (Streisand) and Fiddler on the Roof
- Sheldon Harnick: People (Streisand) and Fiddler on the Roof
- Marty Robbins: Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs and Cornell 5/8/77 (Grateful Dead's cover of "El Paso")
- Jule Styne: Gypsy, People (Streisand) and Go (Gordon)
- Sonny Rollins: Brilliant Corners (Thelonious Monk), The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (Wes's cover of "Airegin") and Saxophone Colossus (solo)
- Celia Cruz: Celia & Johnny and Fania All-Stars Live At Yankee Stadium (vocals)
- Johnny Pacheco: Celia & Johnny and Fania All-Stars Live At Yankee Stadium (conductor)
- Ismael Quintana: Azúcar Pa' Ti (Eddie Palmieri), Fania All-Stars Live At Yankee Stadium (vocals), and Celia & Johnny (maracas)
- Paul Whiteman: Rhapsody in Blue and "Whispering"
- Ludwig van Beethoven: Kreutzer Sonata (Béla Bartók and Joseph Szigeti), Complete String Quartets (Budapest Quartet), Egmont Overture (Modesto High School Band), Complete Piano Sonatas (Artur Schnabel), Murmurs of Earth (a section of Symphony No.5 conducted by Otto Klemperer) and Marcia Funebre (Boston Symphony Orchestra)
- John Lennon: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (The Beatles) and Private Dancer (Tina Turner)
- Phil Spector: "Be My Baby" (The Ronettes) and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin" (The Righteous Brothers)
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- "I Will Survive" wins the first—and last—Grammy ever awarded for Best Disco Recording - HISTORY
- "Edison cylinders chosen for National Recording Registry". Edison National Historic Site. National Park Service. December 22, 2004. Archived from the original on February 7, 2007. Retrieved March 7, 2007.
- FDR Audio Recordings-FDR Presidential Library & Museum
- O. Winston Link Productions
- Winds in hi-fi. (Musical LP, 1959) - WorldCat.org
- "Librarian of Congress Names 50 Recordings to the 2005 National Recording Registry". The Library of Congress. April 11, 2006. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
- "Mamie Smith and the Birth of the Blues Market". NPR. November 11, 2006.
- The Fight of the Century: Louis vs. Schmeling: NPR
- The Impact of Barber's 'Adagio for Strings': NPR
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- Logue, Susan (May 15, 2008). "Jackson, Reagan Added to National Recording Registry". VOA News. Voice of America. Archived from the original on December 14, 2008. Retrieved January 3, 2009.
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- NYC Mayor LaGuardia's Legendary Radio Readings:NPR
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- R.E.M.'s Radio Free Europe|Studio 360|WNYC
- "About This Program - National Recording Preservation Board - Programs at the Library of Congress - Library of Congress".
- "Phonautogram". WNYC.
- Library of Congress Selects De La Soul Album for National Registry|Features|WNYC
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- "Gabby Pahinui and the Hula Medley". WNYC.
- Jackson, Blair. "Cornell '77 Enshrined for the Ages". dead.net. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
- 1979: A Year in Music: World Cafe: NPR
- "Will Rogers: Bacon, Beans and Limousines". WNYC.
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- "Leontyne Price and A Program of Song". WNYC.
- Living Stereo - A Program Of Song/Leontyne Price|ArkivMusic
- "Hallelujah, the 2013 National Recording Registry Reaches 400". Retrieved April 2, 2014.
- "Library of Congress Beefs Up Recordings Collection, but Watch Out for That Barber". April 2, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
- Making Fun of the Kennedys|Studio 360|WNYC
- Christian rocker Larry Norman recognized as an American musical treasure-Music-WORLD
- "Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco: They Invented Salsa". WNYC.
- "National Recording Registry To "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive"".
- "The Boys of the Lough". WNYC.
- ""Sorry, Wrong Number"". WNYC.
- National Recording Registry Adds Joan Tower's Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman|WQXR Blog|WQXR
- "National Recording Registry Recognizes "Mack the Knife," Motown and Mahler". Library of Congress. March 23, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
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- "Clara Schumann and the LOC". WNYC.
- "Clifton Chenier and the Bogalusa Boogie". WNYC.
- "National Recording Registry Picks Are "Over the Rainbow"". Library of Congress. March 29, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
- Wilson Pickett's 'In The Midnight Hour'-Inside the National Recording Registry-WNYC
- Don McLean's 'American Pie'-Inside the Recording Registry-WNYC
- Richard Pryor's 'Wanted: Live in Concert-Inside the National Recording Registry-WNYC
- Renée Fleming - Signatures / Solti, London Symphony|Arkiv Music
- "National Recording Registry Reaches 500". Library of Congress. March 21, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
- "New National Recording Registry Class is "Superfly"". Library of Congress. March 20, 2019. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
- Cyndi Lauper, Neil Diamond, Jay-Z Music Inducted Into National Recording Registry| Hollywood Reporter
- Nina Simone and Ritchie Valens Songs Added to National Recording Registry - The New York Times
- Jay-Z's 'Blueprint' Named to National Registry, Along With 'Schoolhouse Rock', 'Superfly', Nina Simone and More-MSN.com
- Members Of The 2018 National Recording Registry Class Announced: NPR
- "National Recording Registry Class Produces Ultimate 'Stay at Home' Playlist"". Library of Congress. March 25, 2020. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
- National Recording Registry Inducts Classics by Dr. Dre, Mister Rogers, Cheap Trick — Variety
- Abbess Hildegard of Bingen - A feather on the breath of God|Presto Classical
- Selena's 1990 album is inducted into the National Recording Registry|Univision
- Dr. Dre's 1992 Classic 'The Chronic' Inducted Into Library Of Congress|HipHopDX
- Jennifer Higdon - Recordings by Work Title
- Inside the National Recording Registry: 2011|BMP Audio
- "Full Registry". The Library of Congress. November 3, 2006. Retrieved December 16, 2009.
- "Complete National Recording Registry Listing | Recording Registry | National Recording Preservation Board | Programs at the Library of Congress | Library of Congress".
- National Recording Preservation Board
- Full National Recording Registry
- NPR All Things Considered – series spotlighting selections from the Registry
- Selection spotlights on WNYC
- Recording Registry selections videoseach on the official Library of Congress YouTube channel