The Library of Congress (LoC) has announced that music by Queen, Journey and others has been selected to be added to the National Recording Register for 2022.
Among the 25 recordings selected this year for safekeeping by the National Library are Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'”. Other songs shortlisted for the National Recording Registry this year include Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song”, The Four Tops’ “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” and Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca”.
Of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” LoC noted that the song “…breaks almost every playbook rule for rock songs: it starts with a sweet a cappella intro; it has a complex structure without a choir; and it elapses at almost six minutes. Nevertheless, songwriter and singer Freddie Mercury, while acknowledging the risk, was confident that audiences would receive it enthusiastically.
Of “Don’t Stop Believin'”, LoC noted, “Though it never left the airwaves – or Journey’s set list – the song gained additional cultural permanence through its frequent use during sports games, in the Broadway rock musical ‘Rock of Ages’ (where the song was the series’ closest big one) and in film and television, including the cryptic final episode of ‘The Sopranos’ and in the first episode of “Glee”.
The National Recording Registry was founded in 2002. According to the Library of Congress, “Under the National Recordings Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian of Congress, with the guidance of the National Recording Preservation Board, annually selects 25 titles that are ‘culturally, historically or aesthetically significant’ and are at least 10 years old… The National Library has state-of-the-art facilities where it acquires, preserves and provides access to the collection of films, television shows world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of radio broadcasts and sound recordings.
To see a complete list of registrations, go to LoC.gov.
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