Music by Queen, Journey and Alicia Keys joins the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress

Freddie Mercury, Alicia Keys, Neal Schon

Koh Hasebe/Shinko Music/Getty; Rich Fury/Getty; Jim Spellman/WireImage Freddie Mercury, Alicia Keys and Neal Schon

Queen, Journeyand Alicia’s Keys are among the last artists whose work will be archived and preserved by the United States government.

Wednesday, the Library of Congress unveiled the 25 historically significant songs, albums and other recordings that will be inducted into the National Recording Registry in 2022 and preserved for their significant contributions to American culture. The register was created in 2000, and the Library of Congress chooses 25 new titles to archive each year.

This year, albums joining the National Recording Registry include Duke Ellington’s Ellington to Newport (1956), Max Roach’s We insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite (1960), The Shirelles Tonight is evening (1961), by Terry Riley In C (1968), by Linda Rondstadt Songs of Mi Padre (1987), At Bonnie Raitt’s Just in time (1989), A tribe called Quest’s The low-end theory (1991), Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 rooms) [1993], Buena Vista Social Club (1997), and Keys’ Songs in A minor.

“I just think [Songs in A Minor] was so pure,” Keys, 41, told the Library of Congress of her album’s inclusion. “People hadn’t really seen a woman in Timberlands and cornrows and really 100% of the streets of New York playing classical music and mixing it with soul music and R&B… And people might relate to it. And I love that.”

Songs of Mi Padre is an album that I’ve always wanted to do because of my Mexican heritage,” Rondstadt, 75, said of the Grammy-winning album. “I love the musical traditions that come with it. I always thought they were world class songs. And I thought those were songs whose music could transcend the language barrier.”

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Singles welcomed to the roster for 2022 include James P. Johnson’s “Harlem Strut” (1921), Ernest Tubb’s “Walking the Floor Over You” (1941), Soul Stirrers’ “Jesus Gave Me Water” (1950), Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” (1961), Andy Williams’ “Moon River” (1962), “It’s a Small World” by the Disneyland Boys Choir (1964), “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” by the Four Tops (1966), Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975), Voyage of “Do not stop Believing” (1981), and Ricky Martin’s “Living La Vida Loca” (1999).

“[‘Don’t Stop Believin”]over the years, has become something that has a life of its own,” Steve Perry, lead singer of Journey, told the Library of Congress. “It’s about the people who embraced it and found the lyrics to be something they could relate to and hold on to and sing along to.”

“I believe that the energy of a movement is what dominates in this song [Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca”] about Latinos, Latino empowerment,” said Draco Rosa, who co-wrote the 1999 Grammy-winning hit. “Life is full of great suffering, and ‘La Vida Loca’ is just the opposite. . Let’s party, shall we?!”

In addition to songs and albums, the National Recording Registry also offers historical recordings, from radio broadcasts to public speeches. Non-musical recordings joining the Library of Congress this year are a comprehensive collection of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidential speeches from 1933 to 1945, writer Norman Corwin’s “On a Note of Triumph” (May 8, 1945), a broadcast baseball player Hank’s Aaron’s 715th career home run (April 8, 1974), WNYC radio station broadcasts for the day of 9/11 (September 11, 2001), and an episode of WTF with Marc Maron podcast featuring an interview with the late Robin Williams (April 26, 2010).

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