Journey's 1981 hit “Don't Stop Believin'” and Queen's 1975 signature track “Bohemian Rhapsody” are among the recordings now part of the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. The Registry is the library's move to help save America's aural history by archiving recordings that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
The recordings join a list of 25 new inductees, which also includes the Four Tops' 1966 masterpiece, “Reach Out (I’ll Be There),” Linda Ronstadt's groundbreaking 1987 album Canciones de Mi Padre, and Bonnie Raitt's 1989 Grammy Award-winning album Nick Of Time. Also selected were recordings by Alicia Keys, Nat King Cole, A Tribe Called Quest, the Shirelles, and Duke Ellington, among others.
Former Journey frontman Steve Perry spoke about the success of “Don't Stop Believin'” in a statement: “(It's) one of those 'only in America' kind of things. . . That song, over the years, has become something that has a life of its own. It’s about the people who’ve embraced it and found the lyrics to be something they can relate to and hold onto and sing.”