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Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech was one of 50 recordings preserved in 2002, the first year of existence of the United States National Recording Registry.

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, [1] 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. [1]


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. [2] The purpose of the Registry is to maintain and preserve sound recordings and collections of sound recordings that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. [1] 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 2020, 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.

Selection criteria

The criteria for selection are:


Recording or collectionPerformer or agentRelease yearInduction
Edison exhibition recordings (Group of three cylinders): [4]
  • "Around the World on the Phonograph"
  • "The Pattison Waltz"
  • "Fifth Regiment March"
Thomas Edison 1888–18892002 [5]
Passamaquoddy Indians field recordings Recorded by Jesse Walter Fewkes 18902002
"The Stars and Stripes Forever" Berliner Gramophone disc recording (Listen)Military Band18972002
Metropolitan Opera cylinder recordings (the Mapleson Cylinders)Lionel Mapleson and the Metropolitan Opera 1900–19032002
Ragtime compositions piano rolls Scott Joplin 1900s2002
1895 Atlanta Exposition speech Booker T. Washington 1906 recreation2002copy
"Casey at the Bat" DeWolf Hopper 19062002
"Vesti la giubba" from Pagliacci [lower-greek 1] Enrico Caruso 19072002
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" [lower-greek 1] Fisk Jubilee Singers 19092002
Lovey's Trinidad String Band recordings for Columbia Records Lovey's Trinidad String Band 19122002
"Tiger Rag" Original Dixieland Jazz Band 19182002
"Arkansas Traveler" and "Sallie Gooden" Eck Robertson 19222002
"Downhearted Blues" Bessie Smith 19232002
Rhapsody in Blue [lower-greek 1] George Gershwin, piano; Paul Whiteman Orchestra19242002
Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven1925–19282002
Victor Talking Machine Company sessions in Bristol, Tennessee Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest Stoneman, and others19272002
Highlander Center Field Recordings Collection Rosa Parks, Esau Jenkins and others1930s–1980s2002
Bell Laboratories experimental stereo recordings Philadelphia Orchestra; Leopold Stokowski, conductor1931–19322002
"Fireside chats" radio broadcasts [lower-greek 2] Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933–19442002original
Harvard Vocarium record series T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden and others1933–19562002
"New Music Quarterly" recordings series Henry Cowell, producer1934–19492002
Description of the crash of the Hindenburg Herbert Morrison May 6, 19372002original
The Cradle Will Rock
(Marc Blitzstein)
Original cast19382002
"Who's on First?"
Earliest existing radio broadcast version
Abbott and Costello October 6, 19382002
The War of the Worlds Orson Welles and The Mercury Theatre on the Air October 30, 19382002copy
"God Bless America"
Radio broadcast premiere
Kate Smith November 11, 19382002
The John and Ruby Lomax Southern States Recording TripJohn and Ruby Lomax19392002
"Strange Fruit" Billie Holiday 19392002
Grand Ole Opry
First network radio broadcast
Uncle Dave Macon, Roy Acuff, and othersOctober 14, 19392002
Béla Bartók and Joseph Szigeti in Concert at the Library of Congress Béla Bartók, piano; Joseph Szigeti, violin19402002
The Rite of Spring Igor Stravinsky conducting the New York Philharmonic 19402002
Blanton-Webster era recordings Duke Ellington Orchestra1940–19422002
"White Christmas"
original 1942 single
Bing Crosby 19422002
"This Land Is Your Land" Woody Guthrie 19442002
D-Day radio address to
the Allied Nations
Dwight D. Eisenhower June 6, 19442002original
"Ko Ko" Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and others19452002
"Blue Moon of Kentucky" Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys19472002
"How High the Moon" Les Paul and Mary Ford 19512002
Songs for Young Lovers Frank Sinatra 19542002
Sun Records sessions Elvis Presley 1954–19552002
Dance Mania Tito Puente 19582002
Kind of Blue Miles Davis 19592002
"What'd I Say", Parts 1 and 2 Ray Charles 19592002
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan Bob Dylan 19632002
"I Have a Dream" speechDr. Martin Luther King Jr. August 28, 19632002copy
"Respect" [lower-greek 1] Aretha Franklin 19672002
Philomel: For Soprano (Milton Babbitt) Bethany Beardslee, recorded soprano,
and synthesized sound
Precious Lord: New Recordings of the Great Gospel Songs of Thomas A. Dorsey Thomas A. Dorsey,
Marion Williams,
and others
Crescent City Living Legends Collection
(New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Archive/WWOZ New Orleans)
"The Message" Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five 19822002
"The Lord's Prayer" and
"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"
Emile Berliner c. 18902003 [7]
"Honolulu Cake Walk" Vess Ossman 18982003
Victor Releases Bert Williams and
George Walker
"You're a Grand Old Rag [Flag]" Billy Murray 19062003
Chippewa/Ojibwe Cylinder Collection Frances Densmore 1907–19102003
The Bubble Book
(the first Bubble Book)
Cylinder recordings
of African-American music
Guy B. Johnson 1920s2003
"Cross of Gold" speech
Speech re-enactment
William Jennings Bryan 19212003
"The OKeh Laughing Record"Lucie Bernardo and Otto Rathke19222003
"Adeste Fideles"Associated Glee Clubs of America19252003
Cajun-Creole Columbia releases Amédé Ardoin and
Dennis McGee
"Goodnight, Irene" Lead Belly 19332003
"Every Man a King" speech Huey P. Long February 23, 19352003copy
"He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" Marian Anderson 19362003
The Complete Recordings Robert Johnson 1936–19372003
Interviews conducted by Alan Lomax Jelly Roll Morton, Alan Lomax 19382003
Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert Benny Goodman 19382003
Complete day of radio broadcasting, WJSV (Washington, D.C.) WJSV, Washington, D.C.September 21, 19392003original
"New San Antonio Rose" Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys19402003
Porgy and Bess
(George Gershwin)
Original cast1940, 19422003
Beethoven String Quartets Budapest Quartet 1940–19502003
World Series-Game Four New York Yankees
vs. Brooklyn Dodgers
October 5, 19412003
(Rodgers and Hammerstein) [lower-greek 1]
Original cast19432003
Othello Paul Robeson, Uta Hagen,
José Ferrer, and others
Bach B-Minor Mass Robert Shaw Chorale19472003
The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)Louis Kaufman and
the Concert Hall String Orchestra
Piano Sonata No. 2, "Concord"


John Kirkpatrick 19482003
Pictures at an Exhibition (Modest Mussorgsky) Rafael Kubelík conducting
the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
"Problems of the American Home" Billy Graham 19542003
Goldberg Variations (Bach) Glenn Gould 19552003
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book Ella Fitzgerald 19562003
"Roll Over Beethoven" Chuck Berry 19562003
Brilliant Corners Thelonious Monk 19562003
Steam locomotive recordings, 6 vol. O. Winston Link [8] 1957–19772003
Complete Ring Cycle (Richard Wagner) [lower-greek 1] [9] Louis Kaufman and
the Concert Hall String Orchestra, Georg Solti and
the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
1958–1965 [10] 2003
Winds in Hi-Fi Eastman Wind Ensemble
with Frederick Fennell
1958 [11] 2003
Mingus Ah Um Charles Mingus 19592003
New York Taxi Driver Tony Schwartz 19592003
Ali Akbar College of Music,
Archive Selections
"Crazy" Patsy Cline 19612003
Kennedy Inauguration Ceremony John Fitzgerald Kennedy,
Robert Frost, and others
January 20, 19612003original
Judy at Carnegie Hall Judy Garland 19612003
"I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)" Otis Redding 19652003
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles 19672003
At Folsom Prison Johnny Cash 19682003
What's Going On Marvin Gaye 19712003
Tapestry Carole King 19712003
A Prairie Home Companion
First broadcast
Garrison Keillor July 6, 19742003
Born to Run Bruce Springsteen 19752003
Live at Yankee Stadium Fania All-Stars 19752003
"Gypsy Love Song"Eugene Cowles18982004 [12]
"Some of These Days" Sophie Tucker 19112004
"The Castles in Europe One-Step
(Castle House Rag)"
Europe's Society Orchestra 19142004
"Swanee" Al Jolson 19202004
Armistice Day radio broadcast Woodrow Wilson November 10, 19232004original
"See See Rider" Gertrude "Ma" Rainey 19232004
Representative of the Edison Disc Master Mold Collection at the Edison National Historic Site
Golden Gate Orchestra19252004
"Fascinating Rhythm" Fred and
Adele Astaire;
George Gershwin, piano
NBC radio coverage of
Charles A. Lindbergh's
arrival and reception
in Washington, D.C.
June 11, 19272004copy
"Stardust" Hoagy Carmichael 19272004
"Blue Yodel No. 1 (T for Texas)" Jimmie Rodgers 19272004
"Ain't Misbehavin'" Thomas "Fats" Waller 19292004
"Gregorio Cortez"
Representative of the Arhoolie Foundation's Strachwitz Frontera Collection, University of California
Trovadores Regionales19292004
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano;
Leopold Stokowski, conductor;
Philadelphia Orchestra
"The Suncook Town Tragedy"Mabel Wilson TatroJuly 19302004
Oral narrative from
the Lorenzo D. Turner Collection
Rosina Cohen19322004
"Stormy Weather" Ethel Waters 19332004
"Body and Soul" Coleman Hawkins 19392004
Peter and the Wolf
(Sergey Prokofiev)
Serge Koussevitzky, conductor;
Richard Hale, narrator;
Boston Symphony Orchestra
"In the Mood" Glenn Miller and His Orchestra19392004
Broadcasts from London Edward R. Murrow 19402004copy
We Hold These Truths
(Norman Corwin)
December 15, 19412004original
Piano Concerto No. 1, op. 23, Bb minor
(Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
Vladimir Horowitz, piano;
Arturo Toscanini, conductor;
NBC Symphony Orchestra
"Down by the Riverside" Sister Rosetta Tharpe 19442004
U.S. Highball
(A Musical Account of
a Transcontinental Hobo Trip)
Harry Partch, Gate 5 Ensemble1946 [lower-greek 3] 2004
Four Saints in Three Acts (Virgil Thomson)Original cast19472004
"Manteca" Dizzy Gillespie Big Band
with Chano Pozo
The Jack Benny Program Jack Benny March 28, 19482004
"Foggy Mountain Breakdown" [lower-greek 1] Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs 19492004
"Lovesick Blues" Hank Williams 19492004
Guys and Dolls Original cast19502004
"Old Soldiers Never Die"
(Farewell Address to the United States Congress)
General Douglas MacArthur April 19, 19512004copy
Songs by Tom Lehrer Tom Lehrer 19532004
"Hoochie Coochie Man" Muddy Waters 19542004
"Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)" The Penguins 19542004
Tuskegee Institute Choir Sings SpiritualsTuskegee Institute Choir,
directed by William L. Dawson
Messiah Eugene Ormandy, conductor;
Richard P. Condie, choir director;
Mormon Tabernacle Choir;
Philadelphia Orchestra
Giant Steps John Coltrane 19592004
Drums of Passion Michael Babatunde Olatunji 19602004
Peace Be Still James Cleveland 19622004
"The Girl from Ipanema"
(Garota de Ipanema)
Stan Getz,
João Gilberto,
Antonio Carlos Jobim,
Astrud Gilberto
Live at the Apollo James Brown and The Famous Flames 19632004
Pet Sounds The Beach Boys 19662004
King James version of the Bible Alexander Scourby 19662004
Remarks broadcast from the moon Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong July 21, 19692004original
At Fillmore East The Allman Brothers Band 19712004
Star Wars (Soundtrack) [lower-greek 1] John Williams 19772004
Recordings of Asian elephants Katharine B. Payne 19842004
Fear of a Black Planet [lower-greek 1] Public Enemy 19902004
Nevermind Nirvana 19912004
"Canzone del Porter"
from Martha by von Flotow
Representative of the Columbia Grand Opera Series
Edouard de Reszke 19032005 [14]
"Listen to the Lambs"
Representative of the Hampton Quartet Collection, Hampton University
Hampton Quartette;
recorded by Natalie Curtis Burlin
"Over There" Nora Bayes 19172005
"Crazy Blues" [15] Mamie Smith 19202005
"My Man" and "Second Hand Rose" Fanny Brice 19212005
"Ory's Creole Trombone" Kid Ory June 19222005
Second inauguration of Calvin Coolidge Calvin Coolidge March 4, 19252005
"Tanec Pid Werbamy (Dance Under the Willows)" Pawlo Humeniuk 19262005
"Singin' the Blues" Frankie Trumbauer and
His Orchestra
with Bix Beiderbecke
First official transatlantic
telephone conversation
W.S. Gifford and Sir Evelyn P. MurrayJanuary 7, 19272005original
"El manisero (The Peanut Vendor)"
(Two versions)
Rita Montaner,
vocal with orchestra;
Don Azpiazú and
His Havana Casino orchestra
Light's Golden Jubilee Celebration
(Thomas Edison, honoree)
Graham McNamee, host;
speeches by Herbert Hoover, Marie Curie, Henry Ford, Albert Einstein
October 21, 19292005copy
Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Op. 84Modesto High School Band19302005
Show Boat Helen Morgan, Paul Robeson,
James Melton and others;
Victor Young, conductor;
Louis Alter, piano
"Wabash Cannonball" Roy Acuff 19362005
"One O'Clock Jump" Count Basie and His Orchestra19372005
The Fall of the City ( Columbia Workshop )Orson Welles, narrator;
Burgess Meredith, Paul Stewart
April 11, 19372005copy
The Adventures of Robin Hood radio broadcast Erich Wolfgang Korngold, composer;
Basil Rathbone, narrator
May 11, 19382005
Joe Louis-Max Schmeling fight Clem McCarthy, announcerJune 22, 1938 [16] 2005
"John the Revelator" Golden Gate Quartet 19382005
"Adagio for Strings" (Samuel Barber) Arturo Toscanini, conductor;
NBC Symphony [17]
November 5, 19382005
Command Performance,
show No. 21
Bob Hope, master of ceremonies; Lena Horne; Ginny Simms; Les Baxter & His Orchestra; Rosalind Russell July 7, 19422005copy
"Straighten Up and Fly Right" Nat "King" Cole 19432005
The Fred Allen Show
debut of Senator Claghorn
Fred Allen, Kenny Delmar October 7, 19452005
"Jole Blon (Jolie Blonde)" Harry Choates 19462005
Tubby the Tuba Victor Jory & Léon Barzin 19462005
"Move On Up a Little Higher" Mahalia Jackson 19482005
Anthology of American Folk Music Edited by Harry Smith 19522005
Damnation of Faust (Hector Berlioz) Boston Symphony Orchestra
with the Harvard Glee Club
and Radcliffe Choral Society
"Blueberry Hill" Fats Domino 19562005
Variations for Orchestra by Elliott Carter
Louisville Orchestra First Edition Recordings series
Louisville Orchestra;
Robert S. Whitney, conductor
"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" Jerry Lee Lewis 19572005
"That'll Be the Day" [lower-greek 1] Buddy Holly and The Crickets 19572005
Poème électronique Edgard Varèse 19582005
Time Out The Dave Brubeck Quartet 19592005
"Schooner Bradley" and/or "Clifton's Crew" [lower-greek 4]
Representative of the Ivan Walton Collection at Bentley Library, University of Michigan
Pat BonnerJune 1960 [lower-greek 5] 2005
Studs Terkel interview
with James Baldwin
Representative of the Studs Terkel Collection at the Chicago History Museum (formerly the Chicago Historical Society)
Studs Terkel, James Baldwin September 29, 19622005
United States Military Academy address William Faulkner April 19–20, 19622005
"Dancing in the Street" Martha and the Vandellas 19642005
Live at the Regal B.B. King 19652005
Are You Experienced The Jimi Hendrix Experience 19672005
We're Only in It for the Money Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention 19682005
Switched-On Bach Wendy Carlos 19682005
"Oh Happy Day" Edwin Hawkins Singers19692005
Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers Firesign Theatre 19702005
"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" Gil Scott-Heron 19702005
Will the Circle Be Unbroken Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 19722005
The old foghorn, Kewaunee, WisconsinRecorded by James A. Lipsky19722005
Songs in the Key of Life Stevie Wonder 19762005
Daydream Nation Sonic Youth 19882005
"Uncle Josh and the Insurance Agent" Cal Stewart 19042006 [22]
"Il Mio Tesoro" John McCormack; orchestra
conducted by Walter Rogers
National Defense TestGeneral John J. Pershing September 12, 19242006copy
"Black Bottom Stomp" Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers19262006
"Wildwood Flower" Carter Family 19282006
"Pony Blues" Charley Patton 19292006
"You're the Top" Cole Porter 19342006
The Lone Ranger
Episode: "The Osage Bank Robbery"
Earle Graser, John ToddDecember 17, 19372006
"Day of Infamy" speech to Congress Franklin D. Roosevelt December 8, 19412006copy
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 Boys19512006
"Polonaise in A Major" ("Polonaise militaire"),
Op. 40, No. 1, by Frédéric Chopin
Artur Rubinstein 19522006
"Blue Suede Shoes" Carl Perkins 19552006
Interviews with William "Billy" Bell
(Canadian-Irish northwoods work songs)
Representative of the Edward D. Ives Collection at the Maine Folklife Center, University of Maine
Recorded by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives19562006
Howl Allen Ginsberg 19592006
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart Bob Newhart 19602006
"Be My Baby" [lower-greek 1] The Ronettes 19632006
We Shall Overcome Pete Seeger 19632006
"A Change Is Gonna Come" [lower-greek 1] Sam Cooke 19642006
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" [lower-greek 1] The Rolling Stones 19652006
The Velvet Underground & Nico The Velvet Underground and Nico 19672006
The Eighty-Six Years of Eubie Blake Eubie Blake 19692006
Burnin' The Wailers 19732006
Live in Japan Sarah Vaughan 19732006
Graceland Paul Simon 19862006
The first transatlantic broadcastMarch 14, 19252007 [23] [24]
"Allons à Lafayette" Joe Falcon 19282007
"Casta Diva" from Bellini's Norma Rosa Ponselle and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Giulio SettiDecember 31, 1928 and January 30, 19292007
"If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again" Thomas A. Dorsey 19342007
"Sweet Lorraine" Art Tatum 19402007
Fibber McGee and Molly
Fibber's closet opens for the first time
Jim Jordan, Marian JordanMarch 4, 19402007
Wings Over JordanMay 10, 19422007
Fiorello H. La Guardia reading the comicsFiorello H. La Guardia1945 [25] 2007
"Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)" T-Bone Walker 19472007
Speech at the 1948 Democratic National Convention Harry S. Truman July 15, 19482007
The Jazz SceneVarious artists, produced by Norman Granz 19492007
"It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" Kitty Wells 19522007
My Fair Lady Original cast19562007
Navajo Shootingway Ceremony Field Recordings
Representative of the David McAllester Collection at Wesleyan University
Recorded by David McAllester 1957–19582007
"Freight Train" and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes Elizabeth Cotten 19592007
United States Marine Band Recordings for the National Cultural Center 19632007
"Oh, Pretty Woman" Roy Orbison 19642007
"The Tracks of My Tears" Smokey Robinson and the Miracles 19652007
You'll Sing a Song and I'll Sing a Song Ella Jenkins 19662007
Music from the Morning of the WorldVarious artists, recorded by David Lewiston 19662007
For the Roses Joni Mitchell 19722007
Head Hunters Herbie Hancock 19732007
Ronald Reagan radio broadcasts Ronald Reagan 1976–792007
Murmurs of Earth
Disc prepared for the Voyager spacecraft
compilation produced by Carl Sagan 19772007
Thriller [lower-greek 1] Michael Jackson 19822007
"No News, or What Killed the Dog" Nat M. Wills 19082008 [26]
Acoustic recordings for Victor Talking Machine Company Jascha Heifetz 1917–19242008
"Night Life" Mary Lou Williams 19302008
Sounds of the ivory-billed woodpecker Recorded by Arthur Allen and Peter Paul Kellogg19352008
Gang Busters 1935–19572008
"Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" The Andrews Sisters 19382008
"O Que É Que A Baiana Tem?" Carmen Miranda 19392008
NBC Radio coverage of Marian Anderson's recital at the Lincoln Memorial [lower-greek 1] Marian Anderson April 9, 19392008
"Tom Dooley" Frank Proffitt 19402008
Mary Margaret McBride Mary Margaret McBride and Zora Neale Hurston January 25, 19432008
"Uncle Sam Blues"
Oran "Hot Lips" Page, accompanied by Eddie Condon's Jazz Band 19442008
"Sinews of Peace" (Iron Curtain) Speech at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri Winston Churchill March 5, 19462008
The Churkendoose Ray Bolger 19472008
"Boogie Chillen'" John Lee Hooker 19482008
A Child's Christmas in Wales Dylan Thomas 19522008
A Festival of Lessons and Carols as Sung on Christmas Eve in King's College Chapel, Cambridge. King's College Choir; Boris Ord, director19542008
West Side Story Original cast19572008
"Tom Dooley" The Kingston Trio 19582008
"Rumble" Link Wray 19582008
The Play of Daniel: A Twelfth-Century Drama New York Pro Musica under the direction of Noah Greenberg19582008
"Rank Stranger" The Stanley Brothers 19602008
"At Last" Etta James 19612008
2000 Years with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks 19612008
The Who Sings My Generation The Who 19662008
"He Stopped Loving Her Today" George Jones 19802008
"Fon der Choope (From the Wedding)" Abe Elenkrig's Yidishe OrchestraApril 4, 19132009 [27]
"Canal Street Blues" King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band April 5, 19232009
Tristan und Isolde , NBC broadcast Metropolitan Opera, featuring Kirsten Flagstad and Lauritz Melchior March 9, 19352009
"When You Wish Upon a Star" [lower-greek 1] Cliff Edwards 1938 (recorded) / 1940 (released)2009
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, 19412009
The Library of Congress Marine Corps Combat Field Recording Collection, Second Battle of Guam.19442009
"Evangeline Special" and "Love Bridge Waltz" Iry LeJeune 19482009
The Little Engine That Could Paul Wing, narrator19492009
Leon Metcalf Collection of recordings of the First People of western Washington StateLeon Metcalf1950–19542009
"Tutti Frutti" Little Richard 19552009
"Smokestack Lightning" Howlin' Wolf 19562009
Gypsy Original cast recording19592009
"Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)" Max Mathews 19612009
The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings Bill Evans Trio June 25, 19612009
I Started Out as a Child Bill Cosby 19642009
Azucar Pa' Ti Eddie Palmieri 19652009
Today! Mississippi John Hurt 19662009
Silver Apples of the Moon Morton Subotnick 19672009
Soul Folk in Action The Staple Singers 19682009
The Band The Band 19692009
"Coal Miner's Daughter" Loretta Lynn 19702009
Red Headed Stranger Willie Nelson 19752009
Horses Patti Smith 19752009
"Radio Free Europe"
original Hib-Tone single [28]
R.E.M. 19812009
"Dear Mama" 2Pac 19952009
Phonautograms [29] Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville ca. 1853–18612010 [30]
"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" Edward Meeker, accompanied by the Edison Orchestra19082010
Yahi language cylinder recordings Ishi, last surviving member of the Yahi tribe1911–19142010
"Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" Blind Willie Johnson 19272010
"It's the Girl"The Boswell Sisters with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra 19312010
"Mal Hombre" Lydia Mendoza 19342010
"Tumbling Tumbleweeds" The Sons of the Pioneers 19342010
Talking Union The Almanac Singers 19412010
Jazz at the Philharmonic Nat "King" Cole, Les Paul, Buddy Rich, othersJuly 2, 19442010
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina's "Pope Marcellus Mass" Roger Wagner Chorale 19512010
"The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest"Reverend C. L. Franklin 19532010
"Tipitina" Professor Longhair 19532010
At Sunset Mort Sahl 19552010
Interviews with jazz musicians for the Voice of America Willis Conover 19562010
The Music from Peter Gunn Henry Mancini 19582010
United Sacred Harp Musical Convention in Fyffe, Alabamafield recordings by Alan Lomax and Shirley Collins 19592010
Blind Joe Death John Fahey 1959, 1964, 19672010
"Stand by Your Man" [lower-greek 1] Tammy Wynette 19682010
Trout Mask Replica Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band 19692010
Songs of the Humpback Whale Frank Watlington, Roger Payne, and others19702010
"Let's Stay Together" [lower-greek 1] Al Green 19712010
Black Angels (Thirteen Images from the Dark Land) (George Crumb)New York Strings Quartet19722010
Aja Steely Dan 19772010
GOPAC Strategy and Instructional Tapes Newt Gingrich, others1986–19942010
3 Feet High and Rising [31] De La Soul 19892010
Edison Talking Doll cylinderNovember 18882011 [32]
"Come Down Ma Evenin' Star" Lillian Russell 19122011
"Ten Cents a Dance" Ruth Etting 19302011
Voices from the Days of SlaveryVarious1932–19752011
"I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" Patsy Montana 19352011
"Fascinating Rhythm" Sol Hoʻopiʻi 19382011
Artistry in Rhythm Stan Kenton 19432011
New York Philharmonic debut of Leonard Bernstein Leonard Bernstein November 14, 19432011
Hottest Women's Band of the 1940s International Sweethearts of Rhythm 1944–1946 (released 1984)2011
"Hula Medley" [33] Gabby Pahinui 19472011
Indians for Indians (Hour)Don WhistlerMarch 25, 19472011
I Can Hear It Now: 1933-1945 Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly 19482011
"Let's Go Out to the Programs" The Dixie Hummingbirds 19532011
Also Sprach Zarathustra Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra 1954, 19582011
"Bo Diddley"/ "I'm a Man" Bo Diddley 19552011
"Green Onions" [lower-greek 1] Booker T. & The M.G.'s 19622011
A Charlie Brown Christmas [lower-greek 1] Vince Guaraldi Trio 19652011
Forever Changes Love 19672011
The Continental Harmony: The Gregg Smith Singers Perform Music of William Billings The Gregg Smith Singers 19692011
"Coat of Many Colors" Dolly Parton 19712011
Mothership Connection Parliament 19752011
Barton Hall Concert at Cornell University [34] Grateful Dead 19772011
"I Feel Love" Donna Summer 19772011
"Rapper's Delight" [35] Sugarhill Gang 19792011
Purple Rain [lower-greek 1] Prince and The Revolution 19842011
"After You've Gone" Marion Harris 19182012
"Bacon, Beans and Limousines" [36] Will Rogers October 18, 19312012
"Begin the Beguine" Artie Shaw 19382012
"You Are My Sunshine" Jimmie Davis 19402012
D-Day Radio Broadcast George Hicks June 5–6, 19442012
"Just Because" Frank Yankovic & His Yanks19472012
South Pacific
Original Cast Recording
Original Cast19492012
Descargas: Cuban Jam Sessions in Miniature Cachao 19572012
Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 Van Cliburn [37] April 11, 19582012
President's Message Relayed from Atlas Satellite Dwight D. Eisenhower December 19, 19582012
A Program of Song [38] [39] Leontyne Price 19592012
The Shape of Jazz to Come Ornette Coleman 19592012
"Crossing Chilly Jordan" Blackwood Brothers 19602012
"The Twist" Chubby Checker 19602012
Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley's Clarence Ashley, Doc Watson, others1960–19622012
Hoodoo Man Blues Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band feat. Buddy Guy 19652012
Sounds of Silence [lower-greek 1] Simon & Garfunkel 19662012
Cheap Thrills Big Brother and the Holding Company 19682012
The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd 19732012
Music Time In Africa Leo Sarkisian July 29, 19732012
The Wild Tchoupitoulas The Wild Tchoupitoulas 19762012
Ramones Ramones 19762012
Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack [lower-greek 1] The Bee Gees, et al.19772012
Einstein on the Beach Philip Glass and Robert Wilson 19792012
The Audience with Betty Carter Betty Carter 19802012
"The Laughing Song" George W. Johnson c.18962013 [40] [41]
"They Didn't Believe Me" Harry Macdonough and Alice Green19152013
"Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"
(Two Versions)
Bing Crosby
Rudy Vallee
Recordings of Kwakwaka’wakw Chief Dan CranmerFranz Boas and George Herzog19382013
"Were You There" Roland Hayes 19402013
"Sammy Goes to the Army" The Goldbergs July 9, 19422013
"Caldonia" Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five 19452013
"Dust My Broom" Elmore James 19512013
A Night at Birdland (Vols. 1 & 2) Art Blakey 19542013
"When I Stop Dreaming" The Louvin Brothers 19552013
"Cathy's Clown" The Everly Brothers 19602013
Texas Sharecropper and Songster Mance Lipscomb 19602013
The First Family Vaughn Meader 1962 [42] 2013
Lawrence Ritter's Interviews with Baseball Pioneers of the Late 19th and Early 20th Century Lawrence Ritter 1962-19662013
Presidential Recordings of Lyndon B. Johnson Lyndon B. Johnson 1963-19692013
Carnegie Hall Concert with Buck Owens and His Buckaroos Buck Owens and His Buckaroos 19662013
"Fortunate Son" [lower-greek 1] Creedence Clearwater Revival 19692013
Shaft [lower-greek 1] Isaac Hayes 19712013
Only Visiting This Planet Larry Norman 1972 [43] 2013
Celia & Johnny [44] Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco 19742013
Copland Conducts Copland: Appalachian Spring Aaron Copland 19742013
Heart Like a Wheel Linda Ronstadt 19742013
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Original Cast Recording
Original Cast19792013
The Joshua Tree U2 19872013
"Hallelujah" Jeff Buckley 19942013
The Vernacular Wax Cylinder Recordings at University of California, Santa Barbara Library University of California, Santa Barbara 1890-19102014 [45]
The Benjamin Ives Gilman Collection, recorded at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago Benjamin Ives Gilman 18932014
"The Boys of the Lough"/"The Humours of Ennistymon" [46] Michael Coleman 19222014
"That Black Snake Moan"/ "Matchbox Blues" Blind Lemon Jefferson 19282014
"Sorry, Wrong Number" (episode of Suspense radio series) [47] Suspense May 25, 19432014
"Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" Johnny Mercer 19442014
Radio Coverage of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's FuneralArthur Godfrey, et al.April 14, 19452014
Kiss Me, Kate
Original Cast Recording
Original Cast19492014
John Brown's Body Tyrone Power, Judith Anderson, and Raymond Massey; directed by Charles Laughton 19532014
"My Funny Valentine"The Gerry Mulligan Quartet featuring Chet Baker 19532014
"Sixteen Tons" Tennessee Ernie Ford 19552014
"Mary Don't You Weep" The Swan Silvertones 19592014
Joan Baez Joan Baez 19602014
"Stand By Me" Ben E. King 19612014
New Orleans’ Sweet Emma Barrett and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band Sweet Emma Barrett and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band19642014
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" [lower-greek 1] The Righteous Brothers 19642014
The Doors [lower-greek 1] The Doors 19672014
Lincoln Mayorga and Distinguished Colleagues (formerly known as Sheffield S9) [48] Lincoln Mayorga 1968 [49] 2014
Stand! Sly and the Family Stone 19692014
A Wild and Crazy Guy Steve Martin 19782014
Sesame Street: Platinum All-Time FavoritesVarious19952014
OK Computer Radiohead 19972014
Songs of the Old Regular BaptistsVarious19972014
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill 19982014
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, conductor; Joan Tower, composer1999 [50] 2014
"Let Me Call You Sweetheart" Peerless Quartet 19112015 [51]
"Wild Cat Blues" Clarence Williams' Blue Five19232015
"Statesboro Blues" Blind Willie McTell 19282015
"Bonaparte's Retreat"
Representative of Alan and Elizabeth Lomax's 1937 Kentucky recordings
W.H. Stepp19372015
"Decoration Day Parade" [52] Vic and Sade May 28, 1937 [53] 2015
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Bruno Walter, conductor19382015
Carousel of American Music George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Arthur Freed, Shelton Brooks, Hoagy Carmichael, othersSeptember 24, 19402015
The Marshall Plan Speech George C. Marshall June 5, 19472015copy
"A Garage in Gainesville" and "Execution Awaited" Destination Freedom September 25 and October 2, 19492015
A Streetcar Named Desire soundtrack [lower-greek 1] Alex North 19512015
"Cry Me a River" Julie London 19552015
"Mack the Knife"
(Two Versions)
Louis Armstrong
Bobby Darin
Fourth-quarter radio coverage of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game Bill Campbell, announcerMarch 2, 19622015
A Love Supreme John Coltrane 19642015
It's My Way! Buffy Sainte-Marie 19642015
"Where Did Our Love Go" The Supremes 19642015
"People Get Ready" The Impressions 19652015
"Mama Tried" Merle Haggard 19682015
Abraxas Santana 19702015
Class Clown George Carlin 19722015
Robert and Clara Schumann Complete Piano Trios [54] Beaux Arts Trio 19722015
"Piano Man" Billy Joel 19732015
Bogalusa Boogie [55] Clifton Chenier 19762015
"I Will Survive" Gloria Gaynor 19782015
Master of Puppets Metallica 19862015
1888 London cylinder recordings of Col. George Gouraud George Gouraud 18882016 [56]
"Lift Every Voice and Sing"
(Two Versions)
Manhattan Harmony Four
Melba Moore & Friends
"Puttin' On the Ritz" Harry Richman 19292016
"Over the Rainbow" [lower-greek 1] Judy Garland 19392016
"I'll Fly Away" The Chuck Wagon Gang 19482016
"Hound Dog" Big Mama Thornton 19522016
Saxophone Colossus Sonny Rollins 19562016
New York Giants vs. Brooklyn Dodgers final game commentary Vin Scully September 8, 19572016
Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs Marty Robbins 19592016
The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery Wes Montgomery 19602016
People Barbra Streisand 19642016
"In the Midnight Hour" Wilson Pickett 1965 [57] 2016
"Amazing Grace" Judy Collins 19702016
All Things Considered
first episode
National Public Radio May 3, 19712016
"American Pie" Don McLean November 1971 [58] 2016
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars David Bowie 19722016
The Wiz
Original Cast Recording
Original Broadway Cast 19752016
Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) Eagles 19762016
Scott Joplin's Treemonisha Gunther Schuller, arr.19762016
Wanted: Live in Concert Richard Pryor 1978 [59] 2016
"We Are Family" Sister Sledge 19792016
Remain in Light Talking Heads 19802016
Straight Outta Compton N.W.A 19882016
Rachmaninoff’s Vespers (All-Night Vigil) The Robert Shaw Festival Singers19902016
Signatures Renée Fleming 1997 [60] 2016
“Dream Melody Intermezzo: Naughty Marietta" Victor Herbert and his Orchestra19112017 [61]
Standing Rock Preservation RecordingsGeorge Herzog and Members of the Yanktoni Tribe 19282017
"Lamento Borincano"written by Rafael Hernández Marín
performed by Canario y Su Grupo (including Davilita on lead vocals)
"Sitting on Top of the World" Mississippi Sheiks 19302017
The Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas Artur Schnabel 1932-19352017
"If I Didn't Care" The Ink Spots 19392017
Proceedings of the United Nations Conference on International Organization 19452017
Folk Songs of the Hills Merle Travis 19462017
"How I Got Over" Clara Ward and the Ward Singers 19502017
"(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" [lower-greek 1] Bill Haley & His Comets 19542017
Calypso Harry Belafonte 19562017
"I Left My Heart in San Francisco" Tony Bennett 19622017
"My Girl" The Temptations 19642017
King Biscuit Time Sonny Boy Williamson II and others19652017
The Sound of Music soundtrack [lower-greek 1] Various19652017
"Alice's Restaurant Massacree" Arlo Guthrie 19672017
New Sounds in Electronic Music Steve Reich, Richard Maxfield, Pauline Oliveros 19672017
An Evening with Groucho Groucho Marx 19722017
Rumours [lower-greek 1] Fleetwood Mac 19772017
"The Gambler" Kenny Rogers 19782017
"Le Freak" Chic 19782017
"Footloose" Kenny Loggins 19842017
Raising Hell Run-DMC 19862017
"Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine 19872017
Yo-Yo Ma Premieres: Concertos for Violoncello and OrchestraYo-Yo Ma & the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Christopher Rouse, Leon Kirchner, and Richard Danielpour 19962017
Yiddish Cylinders from the Standard Phonograph Company of New York and the Thomas Lambert Companyc.1901-19052018 [62]
"The Memphis Blues"Victor Military Band19142018
Melville Jacobs Collection of Native Americans of the American Northwest Melville Jacobs 1929-19392018
"Minnie the Moocher" Cab Calloway 19312018
Bach Six Cello Suites Pablo Casals c. 19392018
"They Look Like Men of War" Deep River Boys 19412018
Episode: "The Cabin"
December 27, 19522018
Complete Recorded Monologues Ruth Draper 1954-19562018
"La Bamba" Ritchie Valens 19582018
"Long Black Veil" Lefty Frizzell 19592018
Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America Volume One: The Early Years Stan Freberg 1961 [63] 2018
Go Dexter Gordon 19622018
War Requiem Benjamin Britten 19632018
"Mississippi Goddam" Nina Simone 1964 [64] 2018
"Soul Man" Sam & Dave 19672018
Original Broadway cast recording
Original Broadway Cast 19682018
Robert F. Kennedy's speech on the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Robert F. Kennedy April 4, 19682018
"Sweet Caroline" Neil Diamond 19692018
Super Fly Curtis Mayfield 19722018
Ola Belle Reed Ola Belle Reed 19732018
"September" Earth, Wind & Fire 19782018
"You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" [lower-greek 1] Sylvester 19782018
She's So Unusual Cyndi Lauper 19832018
Schoolhouse Rock!: The Box Set Various1996 [65] 2018
The Blueprint Jay-Z 2001 [66] 2018
"Whispering" Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra19202019 [67]
"Protesta per Sacco e Vanzetti"/"Sacco e Vanzetti"Compagnia Columbia; Raoul Romito19272019
"La Chicharronera" Narciso Martínez and Santiago Almeida 19362019
Arch Oboler's Plays
Episode: "The Bathysphere"
Nov. 18, 19392019
"Me and My Chauffeur Blues" Memphis Minnie 19412019
The 1951 National League Tiebreaker: New York Giants vs. Brooklyn Dodgers Russ Hodges, announcerOct. 3, 19512019
Tosca (Puccini) Victor de Sabata, conductor, with Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano and others19532019
"Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" Allan Sherman 19632019
WGBH broadcast of the Boston Symphony on the day of the John F. Kennedy assassination Boston Symphony Orchestra Nov. 22, 19632019
Fiddler on the Roof Original Broadway cast19642019
"Make the World Go Away" Eddy Arnold 19652019
Hiromi Lorraine Sakata collection of Afghan traditional music Recorded by Hiromi Lorraine Sakata1966–67, 1971–732019
"Wichita Lineman" Glen Campbell 19682019
Dusty in Memphis [lower-greek 1] Dusty Springfield 19692019
Mister Rogers Sings 21 Favorite Songs from "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" Fred Rogers 1973 [68] 2019
Cheap Trick at Budokan Cheap Trick 19782019
Suite No. 1 in E flat , Suite No. 2 in F (Holst) / Music for the Royal Fireworks (Handel) / Fantasia in G (Bach)
Special edition audiophile pressing
Frederick Fennell and the Cleveland Symphonic Winds19782019
"Y.M.C.A." Village People 19782019
A Feather on the Breath of God Gothic Voices; Christopher Page, conductor; Hildegard von Bingen, composer1981/2 (released 1985) [69] 2019
Private Dancer Tina Turner 19842019
Ven Conmigo Selena 1990 [70] 2019
The Chronic Dr. Dre 1992 [71] 2019
"I Will Always Love You" Whitney Houston 19922019
Concert in the Garden Maria Schneider Orchestra20042019
Percussion Concerto (Higdon) Colin Currie 2008 [72] 2019
"St. Louis tinfoil" recordingThomas Edison18782020
"Nikolina" Hjalmar Peterson 19172020
"Smyrneikos Balos" Marika Papagika 19282020
"When the Saints Go Marching In" Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra 19382020
Christmas Eve broadcast (Dec. 24, 1941) Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill 19412020
The Guiding Light (Nov. 12, 1945)19452020
Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues Odetta 19572020
"Lord, Keep Me Day by Day" Albertina Walker and the Caravans 19592020
Roger Maris hits his 61st home run (Oct. 1, 1961) Phil Rizzuto [73] 19612020
Aida Leontyne Price, et al.19622020
"Once a Day" Connie Smith 19642020
Born Under a Bad Sign Albert King 19672020
Free to Be ... You & Me Marlo Thomas and Friends19722020
The Harder They Come Jimmy Cliff 19722020
"Lady Marmalade" Labelle 19742020
Late for the Sky [lower-greek 1] Jackson Browne 19742020
Bright Size Life Pat Metheny 19762020
"Rainbow Connection" [lower-greek 1] Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson)1979 [74] 2020
"Celebration" Kool & the Gang 19802020
Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs Jessye Norman [75] 1983 [76] 2020
Rhythm Nation 1814 Janet Jackson 19892020
Partners [77] Flaco Jiménez [78] 1992 [79] 2020
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" Israel Kamakawiwo'ole 19932020
Illmatic Nas 19942020
This American Life : "The Giant Pool of Money" (May 9, 2008) Ira Glass, Adam Davidson & Alex Blumberg [80] 20082020


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 also a National Film Registry inductee
  2. The original 25 recordings from July 24, 1933, and July 28, 1934, are preserved at the Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York. [6]
  3. The essay accompanying the U.S. Highball listing seems to concern the later 1958 Gate 5 recording. [13]
  4. Library of Congress sources conflict regarding the Pat Bonner recording in the registry. A list of 2005 additions names both "Schooner Bradley" and "Clifton's Crew". [18] The original press release names only "Schooner Bradley", [14] while a list with expanded descriptions names only "Clifton's Crew". [19]
  5. Dates listed for the Pat Bonner selections include 1952-60, [20] June 1960, [19] and June 11, 1960, [18] although the essay for "Clifton's Crew" says "the only known recording" was made August 24, 1938. [21]


As of 2020, the oldest recording on the list is Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville's Phonautograms which date back to the 1850s. [81] The most recent are Colin Currie's recording of Jennifer Higdon's Percussion Concerto and the This American Life podcast episode "The Giant Pool of Money" (each from 2008). [82]

Selections vary widely in duration. 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, Alexander Scourby's recitation of the King James Bible is over 80 hours, and Lyndon B. Johnson's recordings are nearly 850 hours in length. [82]

People with multiple entries on the Registry

[83] [84]

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