A pair of classic rock staples by Queen and Journey and an album of Spanish-language folk by Linda Ronstadt are among the newest additions into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.
"Bohemian Rhapsody," Queen's signature operatic rock smash, and Journey's surging anthem "Don't Stop Believin'," are on this year's list of selections, as is Canciones de Mi Padre, Ronstadt's Grammy-winning collection of traditional mariachi songs inspired by her family history.
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"Canciones de Mi Padre is an album I've always wanted to make because of my Mexican heritage," Ronstadt said in a statement. "I love the musical traditions that came with it. I always thought they were world-class songs. And I thought they were songs that the music could transcend the language barrier."
While "Bohemian Rhapsody," a two-time Top 10 hit in America and a No. 1 hit in the band's native England twice over, is a natural choice for inclusion, even Journey's biggest fans for more than four decades ago might not have expected "Don't Stop Believin'," a modest Top 10 hit, to make the list. Chalk that up, of course, to the song's massive resurgence in the late '00s, after it was used in the final scene of the acclaimed TV drama The Sopranos.
Every year, the registry selects 25 sound recordings deemed culturally and historically significant, from albums and singles to news broadcasts and other notable audio. The selections span nearly a century of moments, from jazz pianist James P. Johnson's 1921 composition "Harlem Strut" to a 2010 episode of the podcast WTF with Marc Maron featuring the late comedy legend Robin Williams. Other notable selections this year include the Four Tops' "Reach Out I'll Be There," the unyielding Disneyland anthem "It's a Small World," albums by hip-hop groups A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang Clan, and news coverage of both Hank Aaron's record-setting 715th career home run and the terrorist attack of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.