Dr. Dre’s The Chronic to be added to Library of Congress

Dre’s 1992 album joins music from Whitney Houston and Village People on this year’s list of archived records.

March 25, 2020
Dr. Dre’s <i>The Chronic</i> to be added to Library of Congress Emma McIntyre/Getty

Dr. Dre’s The Chronic features on a new list of music set to be archived by the Library of Congress. The album, Dre's 1992 solo debut, features the songs "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" and "Bitches Aint Shit" among others. The National Recording Registry announced 25 records they deem “worthy of preservation because of their cultural, historical and aesthetic importance.” Other new entries include Whitney Houston's “I Will Always Love You,” Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis, and Village People's 1978 camp classic “Y.M.C.A.”


Other music on the list includes tracks and albums from Selena, Tina Turner, Cheap Trick, Glen Campbell, Mister Rogers, and the cast of Broadway play Fiddler on the Roof. Scroll down for the full list. In 2019 Jay-Z’s The Blueprint joined the archive.

Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra - “Whispering” (1920)


Raoul Romito - “Protesta per Sacco e Vanzetti”; Compagnia Columbia - “Sacco e Vanzetti” (1927)

Narciso Martinez and Santiago Almeida - “La Chicharronera” (1936)

“Arch Oboler’s Plays” episode “The Bathysphere.” (1939)


Memphis Minnie - “Me and My Chauffeur Blues” (1941)

The 1951 National League tiebreaker: New York Giants vs. Brooklyn Dodgers — Russ Hodges, announcer (1951)

Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Angelo Mercuriali, Tito Gobbi, Melchiorre Luise, Dario Caselli, Victor de Sabata - Puccini’s “Tosca” (1953)


Allan Sherman - “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh” (1963)

WGBH broadcast of the Boston Symphony on the day of the John F. Kennedy assassination (1963)

“Fiddler on the Roof” (Original Broadway cast) (1964)


Eddy Arnold - “Make the World Go Away” (1965)

Hiromi Lorraine Sakata Collection of Afghan Traditional Music (1966-67; 1971-73)

Glen Campbell - “Wichita Lineman” (1968)


Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis (1969)

Fred Rogers - Mister Rogers Sings 21 Favorite Songs From “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” (1973)

Cheap Trick - Cheap Trick at Budokan (1978)


Frederick Fennell and the Cleveland Symphonic Winds - Holst: Suite No. 1 in E-Flat, Suite No. 2 in F / Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks / Bach: Fantasia in G (1978)

Village People - “Y.M.C.A.” (1978)

Gothic Voices; Christopher Page, conductor - Hildegard von Bingen: A Feather on the Breath of God (1982)


Tina Turner - Private Dancer (1984)

Selena - Ven Conmigo (1990)

Dr. Dre - The Chronic (1992)


Whitney Houston - “I Will Always Love You” (1992)

Maria Schneider Orchestra - Concert in the Garden (2004)

Colin Currie - Percussion Concerto (2008)

Dr. Dre’s The Chronic to be added to Library of Congress