Labelle, Kool and The Gang, Janet Jackson Selected for Preservation by Library of Congress

Janet Jackson in the "Rhythm Nation" short film.
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The Library of Congress named 25 new recordings to its National Recording Registry this week - including several undisputed soul classics from the '70s and '80s!

Each year, the Library includes a new crop of albums, singles and broadcasts into the registry "based on their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance in the nation’s recorded sound heritage." This year's recordings span from an 1878 recording of Thomas Edison's voice (made on a piece of tinfoil!) to a 2008 episode of NPR's This American Life - the first podcast to be preserved by the registry.

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This year's soul highlights include Labelle's chart-topping "Lady Marmalade," Kool & The Gang's immortal party-starter "Celebration," and Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 - the socially-conscious fourth album by the youngest member of the Jackson family, which spun off an unmatched seven Top 5 singles in America - higher than even big brother Michael's seven Top 10 hits from Thriller.

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Other selections this year include Louis Armstrong's recording of "When the Saints Go Marching In," Jimmy Cliff's The Harder They Come, Kermit the Frog's "Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie and Nas' Illmatic.

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