ABBA, Biggie, Blondie All Have Something New in Common

More than 2 dozen performers are added to Library of Congress' National Recording Registry
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2024 9:30 AM CDT
Library of Congress Adds ABBA, Biggie to Its Roster
Members of ABBA, from left, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, and Benny Andersson arrive for the "ABBA Voyage" concert at the ABBA Arena in London on May 26, 2022.   (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, File)

Songs and others recordings that are at least a decade old are eligible to ascend to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, "based on their cultural, historical, or aesthetic importance in the nation's recorded sound heritage," per a release. This year, the registry welcomes 25 new additions, including Abba's Arrival (featuring the ever-popular "Dancing Queen"), the comedy work of Lily Tomlin, and the Notorious BIG's Ready to Die album, reports the Washington Post. "The Library of Congress is proud to preserve the sounds of American history and our diverse culture," Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden notes in the release. The two dozen-plus additions for 2024, listed in chronological order:

  1. "Clarinet Marmalade," Lt. James Reese Europe's 369th US Infantry Band (1919)
  2. "Kauhavan Polkka," Viola Turpeinen and John Rosendahl (1928)
  3. Wisconsin Folksong Collection (1937-1946)
  4. "Rose Room," Benny Goodman Sextet with Charlie Christian (1939)
  5. "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," Gene Autry (1949)
  6. "Tennessee Waltz," Patti Page (1950)
  7. "Rocket '88,'" Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats (1951)
  8. "Catch a Falling Star"/"Magic Moments," Perry Como (1957)
  9. "Chances Are," Johnny Mathis (1957)
  10. The Sidewinder, Lee Morgan (1964)
  11. Surrealistic Pillow, Jefferson Airplane (1967)
  12. "Ain't No Sunshine," Bill Withers (1971)
  13. This is a Recording, Lily Tomlin (1971)
  14. JD Crowe & the New South, JD Crowe & the New South (1975)
  15. Arrival, ABBA (1976)
  16. "El Cantante," Hector Lavoe (1978)
  17. The Cars, The Cars (1978)
  18. Parallel Lines, Blondie (1978)
  19. "La-Di-Da-Di," Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick (MC Ricky D) (1985)
  20. "Don't Worry, Be Happy," Bobby McFerrin (1988)
  21. "Amor Eterno," Juan Gabriel (1990)
  22. Pieces of Africa, Kronos Quartet (1992)
  23. Dookie, Green Day (1994)
  24. Ready to Die, The Notorious BIG (1994)
  25. Wide Open Spaces, The Chicks (1998)
Much more here on each of the new selections, including links for your listening pleasure. (More songs stories.)

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