Songs by Janet Jackson and Kool & the Gang are among the 25 recordings added to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry.
The latest titles inducted into the Registry include Jackson's clarion call for action and healing in "Rhythm Nation 1814", Kool & the Gang's "Celebration," Louis Armstrong's "When the Saints Go Marching In," Labelle's "Lady Marmalade," Nas' "Illmatic," and Kermit the Frog's "The Rainbow Connection."
Jackson Browne's critically acclaimed album Late for the Sky, Pat Metheny's album Bright Size Life, and Jimmy Cliff's album The Harder They Come were also added.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on Wednesday named 25 recordings as audio treasures worthy of preservation for all time based on their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance in the nation's recorded sound heritage.
They were selected from about 900 public nominations that the Library received this year.
This brings the total number of titles on the registry to 575.