Most of the reporting of this year’s batch of recordings to be added to the National Recording Registry has focused on Gloria’s Gaynor’s “I Will Survive:
I mean, the story writes itself. As Michael O’Sullivan wrote in the Washington Post, “’I Will Survive’ will survive — forever.”
But also on the list, among others, were John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme album, The Supremes’ “Where Did Our Love Go,” “People Get Ready” by The Impressions, “Mack the Knife” by both Louis Armstrong and Bobby Darin, Billy Joel’s (vastly overrated, in my mind) “Piano Man,” Metallica’s Master of Puppets and George Carlin’s Class Clown, which includes his infamous, and Supreme Court precedent-setting, routine “Seven Words You Can Never See on Television” (AKA “Seven Dirty Words”).
One of my very favorites on the list is Julie London’s “Cry Me a River” (here from the movie The Girl Can’t Help It):