U2's 'The Joshua Tree' Enters US Library Of Congress Registry

Irish band's landmark 1987's record is among of albums, which are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

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U2's landmark 1987 album, "The Joshua Tree," is among the 25 new entrees into the the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, Hennemusic reports.

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.

22 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Way Cool JR.
    That's a really great album, I can see why it has been chosen and it deserves it. Also CCR and Isaac Hayes, 2 more great choices.
    Cutshall
    Where the streets have no name is a great song, one of those songs that take you somewhere else. The way a great song should.
    KBI2113
    A little off topic. But if you're on the front page and click the "more news" tab, this story is on the top, with a picture of Radiohead. Good job UG.
    morbidguitar
    U2 isn't American... why didn't they vote in any African tribal music while they're at it?
    seance
    Even though they're not American, it was culturally significant to this country. Plus, U2 was kind of obsessed with America at this time. You could say the album/band was sort of "spiritually" inspired by the country.
    zigras
    My thought about the American, but Stones and Beatles have also been included. And your comment on African music is chillingly inept - what part of American society has had the greatest influence on American music? Jazz, blues, rock and so on...
    Way Cool JR.
    Why should it mater if they are American or not? U2 has made a huge impact in the American music culture, their country of Origin shouldn't mater.
    MichaelScarn
    According to wikipedia it has sold over 10 million albums in the US (25 million total) and had 2 number 1 hits in the US, plus I believe theyre US citizens now and it is a classic album; no reason for it not to be in there