The Library of Congress has announced 2015’s new entries into the National Recording Registry.
Each year, 25 recordings are selected “that have been recognized for their cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society and the nation’s audio legacy.”
This year they recognize the debut albums from The Doors, Joan Baez and Lauryn Hill, Cole Porter’s original cast recording of Kiss Me Kate, Chet Baker’s rendition of “My Funny Valentine,” Ben E. King’s recording of “Stand By Me,” the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling,” Sly & the Family Stone’s album Stand!, Steve Martin’s 1978 comedy record A Wild and Crazy Guy, the album Sesame Street: All-Time Platinum Favorites and Radiohead’s OK Computer, among others.
“Congress understood the importance of protecting America’s aural patrimony when it passed the National Recording Preservation Act 15 years ago,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington in a statement. “By preserving these recordings, we safeguard the words, sounds and music that embody who we are as a people and a nation.”