“it’s a small world” Inducted Into National Recording Registry

One of the most iconic songs in the Disney catalog is “it’s a small world.” Written by the Sherman brothers for the 1964 World’s Fair, the song and the corresponding attraction eventually made their way to Disneyland and then other Disney parks around the globe. Now the song has been cemented into the history books in another way. It has been inducted into the National Recording Registry. The song joins music from other 2022 inductees including the music of Alicia Keys, Ricky Martin, Journey, and more.

There were 25 recordings named today that are audio treasures worthy of preservation for all time. This is based on their cultural, historical, or aesthetic importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage. The recordings were named by Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress.

“The National Recording Registry reflects the diverse music and voices that have shaped our nation’s history and culture through recorded sound,” Hayden said. “The national library is proud to help preserve these recordings, and we welcome the public’s input. We received about 1,000 public nominations this year for recordings to add to the registry.”

With these additional recordings, there are now around 600 in the registry in the National Recording Registry. This is a small piece of the nearly 4 million items in the Library of Congress’s collection.

The version that was inducted is the 1964 single of “it’s a small world” by The Disneyland Boys Choir.

National Recording Registry, 2022 Selections 

(chronological order)

  1. “Harlem Strut” — James P. Johnson (1921) 
  2. Franklin D. Roosevelt: Complete Presidential Speeches (1933-1945)
  3. “Walking the Floor Over You” — Ernest Tubb (1941) (single)
  4. “On a Note of Triumph” (May 8, 1945)
  5. “Jesus Gave Me Water” — The Soul Stirrers (1950) (single)
  6. “Ellington at Newport” — Duke Ellington (1956) (album)
  7. “We Insist!  Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite” — Max Roach (1960) (album)
  8. “The Christmas Song” — Nat King Cole (1961) (single)
  9. “Tonight’s the Night” — The Shirelles (1961) (album)
  10.  “Moon River” — Andy Williams (1962) (single)
  11.  “In C” — Terry Riley (1968) (album)
  12.  “It’s a Small World” — The Disneyland Boys Choir (1964) (single)
  13.  “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” — The Four Tops (1966) (single)
  14.  Hank Aaron’s 715th Career Home Run (April 8, 1974)
  15.  “Bohemian Rhapsody” — Queen (1975) (single)
  16.  “Don’t Stop Believin’” — Journey (1981) (single)
  17.  “Canciones de Mi Padre” — Linda Ronstadt (1987) (album)
  18.  “Nick of Time” — Bonnie Raitt (1989) (album)
  19.  “The Low End Theory” — A Tribe Called Quest (1991) (album)
  20.  “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” — Wu-Tang Clan (1993) (album)
  21.  “Buena Vista Social Club” (1997) (album)
  22.  “Livin’ La Vida Loca” — Ricky Martin (1999) (single)
  23.  “Songs in A Minor” — Alicia Keys (2001) (album)
  24.  WNYC broadcasts for the day of 9/11 (Sept. 11, 2001) 
  25.  “WTF with Marc Maron” (Guest: Robin Williams) (April 26, 2010)

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