The Library of Congress has announced the 2022 National Recording Registry, an annual list of audio recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important.” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said:
The National Recording Registry reflects the diverse music and voices that have shaped our nation’s history and culture through recorded sound. The national library is proud to help preserve these recordings, and we welcome the public’s input. We received about 1,000 public nominations this year for recordings to add to the registry.
The list includes “We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite,” the legendary drummer’s still resonant 1960 social protest album.
Duke Ellington’s 1956 album “Ellington at Newport” is on the list.
Soul music and R&B recordings include The Four Tops’ “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” and Alicia Keys’ debut album “Songs in A Minor.”
For the complete list of recordings, go here.