RESERVOIR CATALOG ADDED TO NATIONAL RECORDING REGISTRY
The Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry announced the 2023 inducted songs today, including Reservoir catalog works All Hail the Queen by Queen Latifah and John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” The registry is a list of sound recordings deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Latifah is the earliest female rapper to join the National Recording Registry with her 1989 debut album All Hail the Queen. Latifah released the album on Tommy Boy Records when she was just 19 years old. All Hail the Queen showcased how seamlessly rap albums could feature an amalgamation of genres including reggae, hip-hop, house and jazz. With the album’s success, Latifah also paved the way for future female rappers. The album reached #6 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, with “Ladies First” featuring Monie Love remaining a feminist anthem to this day.
Released in 1971 and co-written by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert and Denver himself, “Take Me Home, Country Roads” was a single off his album, Poems, Prayers and Promises. The Platinum-selling track reached #2 on the Hot 100 and went on to define much of Denver’s career, becoming one of his most recognizable hits. In March 2014, “Take Me Home, Country Roads” was officially named one of West Virginia’s state songs for its recognizable, sing-along chorus, “Country roads, take me home / to the place I belong / West Virginia, mountain mama / take me home, country roads.”
See the full list of the 2023 inducted songs here.