Inside the National Recording Registry

A look at the Library of Congress’ most significant recordings. Produced in partnership with BMP Audio.

"Stand!" by Sly and the Family Stone

Sly and the Family Stone want you to stand up

In 1969, Sly and the Family Stone provided a funky soundtrack to the fight for freedom and equality. It’s just as relevant now as it was then.

Celia Cruz, 1957.

Celia & Johnny: They invented salsa

“Remain In Light,” the landmark 1980 album by Talking Heads.

Talking Heads’ ‘Remain in Light’

Don McLean poses for a promotional photo in 1971.

Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’

Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks and ‘The 2000 Year Old Man’

Richard Pryor performs in 1979.

Richard Pryor’s ‘Wanted: Live in Concert’

How therapy revealed some of Richard Pryor’s best material.

A still from the movie remake of the radio drama, “Sorry, Wrong Number.”

‘Sorry, Wrong Number’

The groundbreaking radio drama about crossed signals, and a phone call you weren’t supposed to hear.

Gloria Gaynor performs in 1975.

‘I Will Survive’ at 40

When Gloria Gaynor recorded the B-side to her 1978 single, she knew it was a hidden hit.

Soul music pioneer Wilson Pickett, circa 1960s.

Wilson Pickett’s ‘In the Midnight Hour’

How the 1965 R&B classic made Wilson Pickett a star.

“The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery”

What made Wes Montgomery a legend

How the jazz great ditched guitar picks and created a masterpiece.