U2 And Linda Ronstadt Added To National Recording Registry

The annual list of 25 records added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry has been announced and this year's inductees include Linda Ronstadt and U2.

In a press release announcing the news, U2's The Joshua Tree is singled out for combining the "passion and engagement" of punk with "the robotic electronic pop," and adding "the sound of machinery being pushed to its limits" in form of the Edge's guitar. Also, Ronstadt's Heart Like a Wheel wins plaudits both for the singer's interpretive skill and her eclecticism in choosing covers by Hank Williams and the Everly Brothers while introducing newer songwriters like J.D. Souther and Anna McGarrigle to wider audiences.

The Everlys' Cathy's Clown and Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1969 hit Fortunate Son also make the list.

Created in 2000, the National Recording Registry selects 25 records every year for preservation on the grounds that they are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.' As of this list, 400 recordings comprise the registry.

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