The Andie Summers Show

The National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress has announced its annual list of 25 recordings that will be added to its list.

After doing some research on how a song can get on this list, I went directly to the source.  The National Recording Registry’s website states “Each year since 2002, the National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB) and members of the public have nominated recordings to the National Recording Registry. The depth and breadth of nominations received highlights the richness of the nations” audio legacy and underscores the importance of assuring the long-term preservation of that legacy for future generations.”

The songs that are included in this list run the gamut.  From early mariachi music to the Super Marios Brothers Theme to Madonna’s “Like A Virgin,” this list could not be more random. Also, a news broadcast from 1939 makes the list as well as an audio book.  It’s not just music, it’s basically all recordings.  Take a look at some of the random recordings that made the list in 2022…

Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song,” “It’s a Small World” by the Disneyland Boys Choir, the recording of Hank Aaron’s 715th homerun, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” which could be one of the greatest karaoke songs of all time, Don’t Stop Believing by Journey which is another karaoke bar classic.  Two major 90’s hip hop albums made the list as well. A Tribe Called Quest’s second studio album “Low End Theory” which came out in 1991 and Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album “Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers” which came out in 1993.  Then, you also have Ricky Martin’s smash-hit “Livin La Vida Loca.” I want to say that made a list of the most annoying songs ever but it’s super catchy and I will sing it everytime it comes on.  That is a super random list but wait until you see the 2023 list.

Here are this year’s 25 songs that made the National Recording Registry…



  • “The Very First Mariachi Recordings” — Cuarteto Coculense (1908-1909)

    I had no clue that mariachi music went this far back.  It’s really cool to hear stuff like this!

  • “St. Louis Blues” — Handy’s Memphis Blues Band (1922)

    This is just amazing!

  • “Sugar Foot Stomp” — Fletcher Henderson (1926)

    What an awesome tune.  Love the beat and definitely started snapping my fingers as soon as the beat hit.

  • Dorothy Thompson: Commentary and Analysis of the European Situation for NBC Radio (Aug. 23-Sept. 6, 1939)

    Wow!  Dorothy Thompson talks about Hitler’s invasion of Poland.

  • “Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around” — The Fairfield Four (1947)

    Never heard this song before right now.  The voices on these guys are incredible!

  • “Sherry” — The Four Seasons (1962)

    This is one of my all-time favorite songs.  Being from New Jersey heightens my love for this song as well.

  • “What the World Needs Now is Love” — Jackie DeShannon (1965)

    An absolute classic! It’s stood the test of time and is still a great song!

  • “Wang Dang Doodle” — Koko Taylor (1966)

    What a super fun song to jam to!

  • "Ode to Billie Joe” — Bobbie Gentry (1967)

    Such a well-done story song.

  • “Déjà Vu” — Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (1970)

    A great song from a classic album!

  • “Imagine” — John Lennon (1971)

    One of the most beautifully written songs of all time!

  • “Stairway to Heaven” — Led Zeppelin (1971)

    One of the greatest songs ever created.  This should be at the top of every song list ever!

  • “Take Me Home, Country Roads” — John Denver (1971)

    A phenomenal song.  You have probably heard this at many a karaoke bar.

  • “Margaritaville” — Jimmy Buffett (1977)

    This song screams summertime. Here is another karaoke classic!

  • “Flashdance…What a Feeling” — Irene Cara (1983)

    An 80’s soundtrack classic!  Who doesn’t love the 80’s and classic 80’s movies!

  • “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” — Eurythmics (1983)

    Another 80’s classic.  Annie Lennox is an aboslute rockstar!

  • “Synchronicity” — The Police (1983)

    Did they mean the song Synchronicity I or Synchronicity II or the whole album Synchronicity?  Either way, they are all brilliant!

  • “Like a Virgin” — Madonna (1984)

    Here’s another one.  Is it the song Like A Virgin or the whole album.  Just like The Police, it works either way!

  • “Black Codes (From the Underground)” — Wynton Marsalis (1985)

    First time hearing this and it’s an absolute masterpiece of a Jazz song.

  • "Super Mario Bros." theme — Koji Kondo, composer (1986)

    I get the chills everytime I hear this song.  It brings back all of the great memories of playing these classic games!

  • “All Hail the Queen” — Queen Latifah (1989)

    A classic album with an intense message.  I chose my favorite song off of the album to spotlight!

  • “All I Want for Christmas is You” — Mariah Carey (1994)

    If you haven’t heard this song, you are living under a rock.  Once November hits, this song is played for 2 months straight.  It is one of the most recognizable and popular songs of all time.

  • “Pale Blue Dot” — Carl Sagan (1994)

    I’m still unsure what is happening with this.  It’s a book but I’m guessing he did an audio book as well.

  • “Gasolina” — Daddy Yankee (2004)

    An absolute club banger!  This was played at many college parties and the dance floor was always full.

  • “Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra” — Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Ellen, Taaffe Zwilich (2012)

    Not really my type of music but I respect the craft.

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