Library Of Congress Adds De La Soul, Others To Collection A look at the songs added to the library this year, including selections by Steely Dan, The Sons of the Pioneers and others.

Library Of Congress Adds De La Soul, Others To Collection

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Every year, the Library of Congress chooses 25 sound recordings to preserve and songs dominate this year's list.

(Soundbite of humpback whale)

NORRIS: That's not some sort of avant-garde electronica, it's songs of the humpback whale. They were recorded using underwater microphones in 1970. But let's move on to dry land now - very dry land.

(Soundbite of song, "Tumbling Tumbleweeds")

SONS OF THE PIONEERS (Musicians): (Singing) Drifting along with a tumbling tumbleweed.

NORRIS: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," sung by Roy Rogers, Tim Spencer and Bob Nolan in 1934. They called themselves Sons of the Pioneers. Around the same time, in the Spanish-speaking Southwest, this song was popular.

(Soundbite of song, "Mal Hombre")

Ms. LYDIA MENDOZA (Singer): (Singing in Spanish)

NORRIS: "Mal Hombre" - that's "Bad Man" in English, sung by Houston-born Lydia Mendoza. She was one of the first recording stars of Tejano music.

(Soundbite of song, "Aja")

STEELY DAN (Musicians): (Singing) Aja, when all my dime dancin' is through I run to you.

NORRIS: "Aja." The song by Steely Dan. "Aja's" the title track from Steely Dan's 1977 album. And a confession here, I named my 11-year-old daughter after that song.

The Library of Congress put the entire album on this year's list as a stellar example of jazz, blues and pop fusion.

(Soundbite of song, "I Know")

DE LA SOUL (Musicians): (Singing) I know I love you better.

NORRIS: "I Know," the 1989 hit from the trio De La Soul sampled that Steely Dan album. De La's debut album "3 Feet High and Rising" made the Library of Congress cut. A personal favorite from that album...

(Soundbite of song, "Me, Myself and I")

DE LA SOUL: (Singing) Just me, myself and I.

NORRIS: Dance among yourselves.

(Soundbite of song, "Me, Myself and I")

DE LA SOUL: (Singing) Just me, myself and I. Just me, myself and I.

NORRIS: This is NPR.

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