Errors in a document like this are inevitable. There are limited resources and time at the LOC, so it's silly to rave on as if slight oversights foretell impending doom. Really...

That said, Daydream Nation was Sonic Youth's 6th or 5th album, depending on whether or not you count their first eponymous EP. Evol, their 3rd (or 4th) was about as influential as Daydream Nation, and would have been a good choice too.

At least we won't have to hear the whines of the hip-hop haters this year.


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 2005 National Recording Registry (in chronological order)
50.  "Daydream Nation," Sonic Youth (1988)
Pioneer members of New York City's clangorous early 1980s New Wave scene, Sonic Youth are renowned for a glorious form of noise-based chaos. Guitarists Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo had previously performed with Glen Branca's large guitar ensembles, and their alternative guitar tunings and ringing harmonies attest to this apprenticeship. On "Daydream Nation," their third album, the group's forays into outright noise always return to melodic songs that employ hypnotic arpeggios, driving punk rock rhythmic figures and furious gales of guitar-based noise. Bassist Kim Gordon's haunting vocals and edgy lyrics add additional depth to the numbers she sings. 

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List is still not online but it and more info will soon be at: 

A second shot at this: 

2005 National Recording Registry (in chronological order)
1. "Canzone del Porter" from "Martha (von Flotow)," Edouard de Reszke (1903)
2. "Listen to the Lambs," Hampton Quartette; recorded by Natalie Curtis Burlin (1917)
3. "Over There," Nora Bayes (1917)
4. "Crazy Blues," Mamie Smith (1920)
5. "My Man" and "Second Hand Rose," Fanny Brice (1921)
6. "Ory's Creole Trombone," Kid Ory (June 1922)
7. Inauguration of Calvin Coolidge (March 4, 1925)
8. "Tanec pid werbamy/Dance Under the Willows," Pawlo Huemiuk (1926)
9. "Singin' the Blues," Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra with Bix Beiderbecke (1927) 
10. First official transatlantic telephone conversation (Jan. 7, 1927)
11. "El Manisero" ("The Peanut Vendor"), Rita Montaner, vocal with orchestra (1927); "El Manisero," Don Azpiazu and his orchestra (1930) 
12. Light's Golden Jubilee Celebration (Oct. 21, 1929)
13. Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Op. 84, Modesto High School Band (1930)
14. "Show Boat," Helen Morgan, Paul Robeson, James Melton and others; Victor Young, conductor; Louis Alter, piano (1932) 
15. "Wabash Cannonball," Roy Acuff (1936)
16. "One o'Clock Jump," Count B