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ABBA, Blondie, The Notorious B.I.G. among 2024’s additions to National Recording Registry

ABBA, Biggie, Blondie and Rudolph enter the American audio canon. New inductees into the National Register of Records at the Library of Congress include ABBA’s 1976 album “Arrival”, The famous BIG1994’s “Ready to Die,” Blondie’s 1978 “Parallel Lines,” and Gene Autry’s 1949 version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the Class of 2024’s 25 new titles Tuesday, saying in a statement that they are “worthy of preservation forever because of their cultural, historical, or aesthetic significance in the recorded sound heritage of the nation”.

“Arrival” was the fourth disco-tinged album by Swedish supergroup ABBA, and included their hits “Dancing Queen,” “Money, Money, Money,” and “Fernando.”

In 2021, CBS News Correspondent Seth Doane request members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus considered them to be the ingredients of a good pop song.

“I think a pop song should have something you don’t expect,” Andersson responded. “You know it when you hear it.”

Ulvaeus added, “Simple, but very innocent.”

From left, Abba members Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus pose for a photo in 1974 in Stockholm after winning the Swedish branch of the Eurovision Song Contest with their song.
From left, Abba members Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus pose for a photo in 1974 in Stockholm after winning the Swedish branch of the Eurovision Song Contest with their song “Waterloo” .

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Blondie and singer Deborah Harry had their commercial breakthrough with “Parallel Lines”, an album with a famous black and white striped cover that featured “Heart of Glass”. He’s joined this year by another new wave classic from the same year, the Cars’ self-titled debut album.

The Notorious B.I.G.’s 1994 album “Ready to Die” featuring “Juicy” and “Big Poppa,” the only album released during his lifetime, headlines hip-hop entries that also include “La-Di-Da- Di” – Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick’s 1985 single.

Rapper Notorious BIG, aka Biggie Smalls, rolls a cigar outside his mother's house in Brooklyn, New York, on January 18, 1995.
Rapper Notorious BIG, aka Biggie Smalls, rolls a cigar outside his mother’s house in Brooklyn, New York, on January 18, 1995.

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Puerto Rican singer Héctor Lavoe’s signature song, 1978’s “El Cantante,” written by Ruben Blades, will enter the docket, along with Mexican singer Juan Gabriel’s 1990 tribute to his mother, “Amor Eterno.”

Other titles considered to be among the “defining sounds of the nation’s history and culture” are Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 album “Surrealistic Pillow”, Green Day’s 1994 album “Dookie” and “Wide Open Spaces” by the Chicks in 1998.

Lily Tomlin’s 1971 sketch album, “This Is a Recording,” is the only comedy and non-musical recording on this year’s list.

Autry, the singing cowboy who was among America’s biggest stars of the mid-20th century, recorded the definitive version of “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Last year, a new holiday staple, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” joined the roster, which now stands at 650 songs.

Also on the list is Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats’ “Rocket ’88’,” the 1951 single that some say was the first rock ‘n’ roll song.

Career-defining singles from several canonical artists also enter the docket, including Johnny Mathis’ “Chances Are,” Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” Patti Page’s “The Tennessee Waltz,” and Patti Page’s “Ain ‘ “No Sun” by Bill Withers.

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