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Mariah Carey’s holiday lead single “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” best-selling album of Madonna’s sophomore year like a VirginThe iconic reggaeton anthem of “Gasolina” and the Super Mario Bros. logo will be inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced Wednesday that 25 recordings have been cut this year, including John Lennon’s “Imagine,” John Lennon’s “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” and “Led Zeppelin.” Dancing… What It Feels” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver.
The most recent selections span from 1908 to 2012, bringing the number of titles in the register to 625. The National Library’s recorded collection of sounds includes nearly four million items.
Songs and albums that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”—which are also at least 10 years old—are eligible to enter the National Recording Registry.
Other new picks include The Police synchronizationQueen Latifah’s Four Seasons Sherry All hail the queenCrosby, Stills, Nash & Young deja vu and Quartetto Cocullins The first mariachi records. This year’s registry also includes pre-World War II broadcast journalism as well as the audiobook Pale blue dot By astronomer Carl Sagan, inspired by the famous 1990’s Pale blue dot filming.
“The National Recording Registry preserves our history through recorded sound and reflects the diverse culture of our nation,” Hayden said in a statement. “The National Library is proud to help ensure these recordings are preserved for generations to come, and we welcome input from the public about what songs, speeches, podcasts, or recorded voices we should preserve next. We received over 1,100 public nominations this year for recordings to add to the registry.”
Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe award winner Latifah is making history as the first female rapper to join the National Recording Registry. This year also marks the first time Carey’s song has been selected.
Each holiday season, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” released in 1994, climbs the Billboard charts as its popularity resurges through airplay, radio play, and digital sales. Carey’s song eventually topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart 25 years after its release in 2019, and has since reached number one in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023.
This year also marks the first time that video game voices entered the registry with a Super Mario Bros. theme. – serendipitously in the same week as the latest movie on Nintendo’s video game franchise, Super Mario Bros movie, broke numerous opening records across North America and 70 international markets. The theme was written by Koji Kondo.
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