Since the year 2000, every year the Library of Congress chooses 25 recordings that are deemed, “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” enough to be inducted into the National Recording Registry
Recordings must be at least 10 years old. This week, Metallica’s Master of Puppets from 1986 was selected alongside Billy Joel’s Piano Man, George Carlin’s Class Clown and Carlos Santana’s Abraxas.
A Note from Metallica on their Website:
Who would’ve ever thought that Master of Puppets, a record made by a band hovering way left of the mainstream in 1986, would be granted the honor of being added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress? It happened today as Master was selected as one of the 25 new sound recordings added to the registry of works that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Whew, that’s heavy!
The selections this year bring the total number of recordings to 450, as the program began in 2002, and we are proud and humbled to join such icons as John Coltrane, Merle Haggard, Santana and George Carlin, among others, in this pantheon of American recordings as 2015’s inductees. Master of Puppets is a collection of songs that we consider a defining moment in our formative years and the honor bestowed upon this album is beyond thrilling.