To be considered for the National Recording Registry, recordings must be at least 10 years old. The Library of Congress has been selecting recordings of historical significance every year since 2000.
Librarian Of Congress James Billington says these recordings reflect the nation’s ever-changing cultural history. "They represent the diversity, the humanity and the history that lies in our sound heritage. They are a cascading flood of mostly joyous sounds and certainly always creative spirits that flow into the American bloodstream," he says.
Legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix recorded one of the most influential rock and roll albums of all time, Are You Experienced.