Chris Richards wrote today about the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry newest additions, which includes recordings ranging from the sound of a talking doll to the hip-hop classic ”Rapper’s Delight.”

Every year, the library selects 25 recordings for preservation in the registry. Among the artists included in this year’s registry is the late Donna Summer, who died at the age of 63 last week. “Disco is not the music of this era that will last,” wrote Geoffrey Himes in a 1979 article about the genre’s biggest hitmakers — but now, thanks to the Library of Congress, it is guaranteed to live on.

Listen to the sounds of many of this year’s inductees, below:

American singer, songwriter and music producer George Clinton performs with the funk, soul and rock music collective Parliament-Funkadelic. (Georgios Kefalas/AP)

2011 National Recording Registry (Listing in Chronological Order)


1.  Edison Talking Doll cylinder (1888)

2. “Come Down Ma Evenin’ Star,” Lillian Russell (1912)

3.  “Ten Cents a Dance,” Ruth Etting (1930)

4.  “Voices from the Days of Slavery,” Various speakers (1932-1941 interviews; 2002 compilation)

5.  “I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart,” Patsy Montana (1935)

6.  “Fascinating Rhythm,” Sol Hoopii and his Novelty Five (1938)

7.   “Artistry in Rhythm,” Stan Kenton & and his Orchestra (1943)

8.  Debut performance with the New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein (November 14, 1943)

9.  International Sweethearts of Rhythm: Hottest Women’s Band of the 1940s (1944-1946)

10. “The Indians for Indians Hour”  (March 25, 1947)

11.  “Hula Medley,” Gabby Pahinui (1947)

12.  “I Can Hear It Now,” Fred W. Friendly and Edward R. Murrow (1948)

13.  “Let’s Go Out to the Programs,” The Dixie Hummingbirds (1953)

14.  “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1954, 1958)

15.  “Bo Diddley” and “I’m a Man,” Bo Diddley (1955)

16.  “Green Onions,”  Booker T. & the M.G.’s  (1962)

17.  “Forever Changes,” Love (1967)

18.  “The Continental Harmony: Music of William Billings,” Gregg Smith Singers (1969)

19.  “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Vince Guaraldi Trio (1970)

20.  “Coat of Many Colors,” Dolly Parton (1971)

21.  “Mothership Connection,” Parliament (1975)

22.  Barton Hall concert by the Grateful Dead (May 8, 1977)

23.  “I Feel Love,” Donna Summer (1977)

24.  “Rapper's Delight,” Sugarhill Gang (1979)

25.  “Purple Rain,” Prince and the Revolution (1984)