The Irish rockers' biggest album spawned three hit singles ("With or Without You," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking for" and "Where the Streets Have No Name") on its way to selling more than 25 million copies worldwide, including 10 million in the US alone.
Among the other recordings joining "The Joshua Tree" in the registry are Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1969 single, "Fortunate Son," Jeff Buckley's 1994 cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," Linda Ronstadt's 1974 album "Heart Like a Wheel" and Isaac Hayes' 1971 soundtrack album, "Shaft."
Each year, the Library's National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB) selects 25 recordings that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and are at least 10 years old. The selections for the 2013 registry bring the total number of recordings on the registry to 400, a small part of the Library's vast recorded sound collection of more than 3.5 million items.
Nominations for the registry are gathered through online submissions from the public and from the NRPB, which is comprised of leaders in the fields of music, recorded sound and preservation.
U2 are currently at work on a new album, which a band representative said last month is still on track to be released later this year.