The Library of Congress announced this year's group of recordings inducted into their National Recording Registry on Wednesday and this company of music may be the most diverse yet. The inducted includes works from Fleetwood Mac, Run DMC, Gloria Estefan, Tony Bennett, Chic, Yo-Yo Ma and the soundtrack from "The Sound of Music" joining an already esteemed crowd.
Fleetwood Mac's album Rumours, Run DMC's Raising Hell and songs including The Temptations' "My Girl," Bill Haley & the Comets "Rock Around the Clock," Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine's "Rhythm is Going to Get You," Chic's "Le Freak" and Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" were selected by the Library's National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB) that oversees the selection process each year. To be eligible, NRPB chooses recordings that are at least 10 years old and are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” In a statement, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said “This annual celebration of recorded sound reminds us of our varied and remarkable American experience. The unique trinity of historic, cultural and aesthetic significance reflected in the National Recording Registry each year is an opportunity for reflection on landmark moments, diverse cultures and shared memories—all reflected in our recorded soundscape.”
Some of the artists inducted took to social media to express their gratitude. Nile Rodgers of Chic tweeted "Pretty amazing. I'm beyond honored and completely humbled." Tony Bennett tweeted "I am thrilled that "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" has just been included in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress!"
In a statement, Gloria Estefan said “When we wrote ‘Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,’ we set out to create a fusion of rhythms that reflected the musical cultures of our native Cuba and our adopted country, the United States. So it is an accolade of particular significance to us that it be honored as an important part of the creative legacy of this great country with its induction into the National Recording Registry.” Reverend Run of Run DMC said in a statement, "To think that something that just came out of my mouth and out of my creativity is being put on this level of honor just blows my mind."
Beside the NRPB, the general public is involved in the selection of this annual list by submitting nominations online. Currently, the Library of Congress is accepting nominations for next year's honorees and anyone interested in offering their suggestions can do so here.