The Library of Congress has added 25 recordings to its National Recording Registry that it calls "audio treasures." They include albums from Jay-Z and Cyndi Lauper, a speech by Robert F. Kennedy, a Schoolhouse Rock! boxed set and Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline."
Each year, the Librarian of Congress selects 25 recordings for the registry that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant," and are at least 10 years old. It now includes 525 titles from the library's collection of almost 3 million pieces of recorded sound.
"The National Recording Registry honors the music that enriches our souls, the voices that tell our stories and the sounds that mirror our lives" Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement. "The influence of recorded sound over its nearly 160-year history has been profound and technology has increased its reach and significance exponentially. 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."