In the words of a good friend of mine, "This ain't no popularity contest."

In order to be added to the prestigious list of artist or songs in the Library of Congress, you have to have done more than just sell a lot of copies of your record. In fact, the official line on even being considered for addition into this exclusive group goes like this:

 Recordings selected for the National Recording Registry are those that are culturally, historically or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.


Here are some of the artists and songs added this year:

On Thursday, the Library of Congress announced musical selections by Simon & Garfunkel and Janis Joplin, among others, will be added to its National Recording Registry. Among the 25 new additions set to be preserved are:

Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence"

Joplin’s second album with Big Brother & the Holding Company, Cheap Thrills,

Also added this year were:

Chubby Checker’s “The Twist,” Pink Floyd’s 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, and the debut album by The Ramones.

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