Listen to the Most American Playlist Ever

Every year since 2002, the Library of Congress has chosen an eclectic mix of historically significant recordings in a wide range of genres to preserve. This year’s list, announced Wednesday, is no different.

Among the 25 recordings being added this year: the 1928 blues song ”Black Snake Moan” by Blind Lemon Jefferson, the original 1949 cast album of the Broadway musical ”Kiss Me, Kate” and Joan Baez’s self-titled debut from 1960.

Like any government project in a democracy, the National Recording Registry aims to please a broad range of interest groups and avoid controversy.

The best way to approach the list is not to think about the selections, but about the intended audience for each one. Here’s a breakdown of some of the major targets:

The Classic Rock Fan: Rock music still has a broad demographic reach, and nostalgia-prone Baby Boomers and Generation X’ers are sure to read a story about a classic rock band being preserved by the Library of Congress. These picks are so ubiquitous they hardly cry out to be urgent candidates for preservation, but they’re good for publicity. Past examples: Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced, Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run and Nirvana’s Nevermind.

  • This year’s picks: The Doors’ debut album, the Righteous Brothers’ ”You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’” and Ben E. King’s”Stand By Me.”

The Rock Critic: To quiet complaints from rock snobs about the previous selection, the list also typically includes a counterpoint that is beloved by music critics but not as radio-friendly. Past examples: Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica, Patti Smith’s Horses and Jeff Buckley’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” (double points for that one).

  • This year’s pick: Radiohead’s OK Computer.

Hear More: A seven-minute montage of this year’s picks.

The Senior Citizen: The list-makers approach the world of pop music warily. Unlike rock ‘n’ roll, pop only qualifies for preservation if your grandmother listened to it. Songs that capture the zeitgeist of a bygone historical era are also favored. Past examples: “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “Over There,” “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”

  • This year’s pick: ”Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” by Johnny Mercer.

The Opry Fan: Country music is treated the same way as pop. If Johnny Cash would have listened to it, it’s OK. But modern country is out. One of the few contemporary country picks, Willie Nelson’sRed Headed Stranger, was a complete rejection of the slick Nashville sound. Past examples: “Wildwood Flower,” by the Carter Family, “Blue Moon of Kentucky” by Bill Monroe and “Lovesick Blues” by Hank Williams.

  • This year’s pick: ”Sixteen Tons” by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

The Jazz Aficionado: The list-makers approach jazz music as reverently as a Ken Burns documentary, ticking off another part of the generally agreed upon canon or adding a key early influence each year. Past examples: Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings, Count Basie’s “One O’Clock Jump,” Charlie Parker’s “Ko Ko” and Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue.

  • This year’s picks: ”My Funny Valentine” by the Gerry Mulligan Quartet and New Orleans’ Sweet Emma Barrettand her Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

The Hip Hop Dilettante: The list approaches hip hop cautiously. Aside from early landmarks Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” and Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message,” the registry includes only De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising, Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planetand Tupac Shakur’s “Dear Mama,” an idiosyncratic group. Potentially controversial choices like gangsta rap are avoided. This genre is also limited by the requirement recordings be at least 10 years old. Among the 25 recordings being added this year: the 1928 blues song ”Black Snake Moan” by Blind Lemon Jefferson, the original 1949 cast album of the Broadway musical ”Kiss Me, Kate” and Joan Baez’s self-titled debut from 1960.

  • This year’s pick: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

MORE: Photographs of the 25 Selections This Year

The Vinyl Collector: Another selection will be familiar only to people who are into what rock critic Greil Marcus once called “the old, weird America.” Think of this as hitting shuffle on Bob Dylan’s mental iPod. Past examples: “Honolulu Cake Walk,” a ragtime song played on banjo; “Allons a Lafayette,” the first commercial Cajun music recording; and “Fon der Choope,” one of the first klezmer recordings.

  • This year’s pick: ”The Boys of the Lough”/”The Humours of Ennistymon” by Irish-American fiddler Michael Coleman.

The Politician: The registry wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Congress, so politicians get their due as well. That can be anything from speeches to historic news coverage carefully curated to include bipartisan heroes. Past examples: Lyndon Johnson’s White House recordings, Ronald Reagan’s mid-1970s radio broadcasts and Republican training organization GOPAC’s instructional tapes.

  • This year’s pick: Radio coverage of Franklin Roosevelt’s funeral.

And that’s not all. Each year’s list also typically includes a historical recording from the early days of recorded music, gospel music, a traditional blues song, a comedy album, an old radio play and a Broadway musical. Less frequently, it may also include world music, disco, reggae, classical music, folk revival, spoken word, poetry, a movie soundtrack, an oral history or a historic interview.

Regardless of the number of selections — currently at 425 overall — the list will always feel incomplete. But, the beauty is, there’s always next year.

Read next: Streaming Music Showdown: Spotify vs. Beats

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If the Smithsonian is America’s attic, the National Recording Registry is the dusty box of records that America’s parents left up there.

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Read More:When Joan Baez Made the Cover of TIME

With choices ranging from New Orleans jazz to gospel and country, there’s a little bit of something for everyone on the list. And that’s kind of the point.

Like any government project in a democracy, the

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The 10 Best Pranks in the History of The Office

“Dwight thinks it’s Friday…so keep that going.”

Performance Review (Season 2, Episode 8)

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Dwight Schrute

After Dwight tries, and fails, to get Jim to give himself a bad performance review, Dwight attempts to zone him out and mentions how he won’t have to see him tomorrow or Sunday. Apparently, the Schrute’s aren’t known for their time keeping. With Jim in firm grasp of this knowledge, he gets to work. After recruiting Pam as a cohort, Jim drops a message to a friend and mentions getting together on the 15th, which Dwight points out as Saturday. Pam comes over and can’t help but join in the fun. Commenting about “last night’s” episode of The Apprentice and how shocking it was.Too bad for Dwight, he was getting drunk with his laser tag team. Dwight didn’t help anything when he went into Michael for his performance review and made mention of how he had never been late. Ever…

…until Friday. Dwight didn’t realize he needed to be at work, until about 12:20 pm. Dwight runs in half-dressed and half-shaven. The only thing that I wonder about is what set off to Dwight that it actually was Friday instead of just staying at the beet farm all day.

3 – Dwight brought this upon himself. Jim certainly came up with a few different ways to make sure Dwight thought it was Friday, but overall it was fairly dull.

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6 – Looking back, Jim did a mere two things to make sure Dwight thought it was Friday. First, he called his friend to meet up with him tomorrow; as in Saturday. The other was Pam coming in and mentioning The Apprentice.

Special Award
Partner in Crime Award – Pam gets her another one of these. Pam almost carried the whole prank on her shoulders with The Apprentice joke.
Foot in the Mouth Award – All Dwight had to do was live out Jim’s hijinks until the day was over and he probably would have figured it out. But, Dwight can’t let little things go, prompting his first ever recorded late day.

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The new millennium has seen its fair share of compelling rivalries: Bush vs. Gore, Jay Z vs. Nas, Swift vs. Perry. Standing toe-to-toe with any of these frenemy pairings, though, are Jim Halpert and Dwight Schrute. The two longtime Dunder-Mifflin officemates were foes from the start, with Dwight resenting Jim’s lackadaisical attitude and Jim being annoyed by Dwight’s very existence. They’d eventually bury the hatchet — Dwight asked Jim to be the bestest mensch in his wedding, after all — but only after nine grueling years of open hostility, cruel words and an endless litany of pranks.

On the 10th anniversary of The Office, let’s take a moment to remember this epic battle of wits, which gave us big laughs over the years and provides great fodder for anyone’s real-life office hijinks. We’re still waiting for the perfect Thursday to trick a colleague into thinking it’s actually Friday.

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Vernal Equinox: New Google Doodle Celebrates First Day of Spring via Miley

Miley Cyrus Wants New York to Spend Nearly $5 Million on Homeless Youth

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Daniel Boczarski—Daniel Boczarski PhotographyMiley Cyrus performs at THE FADER FORT Presented by Converse during SXSW on March 19, 2015 in Austin.

“These young people are homeless through no fault of their own”

Miley Cyrus has written a letter to Andrew Cuomo asking the New York governor to include $4.75 million in funding for homeless youth in the state’s budget.

The singer, whose Happy Hippie Foundation advocates for young people without homes, asked the governor and the leaders of the state’s assembly and senate to back a request by a state senator to allocate the money for 1,000 new beds, which she says are badly needed.

“Between 2009 and 2012,” Cyrus writes, “the number of kids turned away from homeless youth shelters in New York grew from 570 to more than 5,000.”

Cyrus posted the letter on Instagram for fans to read:

Speaking up so homeless youth in NY can have a place to sleep!!! #makingchange #HappyHippies @happyhippiefdn

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on Mar 18, 2015 at 11:04am PDT

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The Sun, the moon, and Google are celebrating the official start of spring — this year’s vernal equinox on March 20 will include a solar eclipse, a supermoon and a stop-animation Google Doodle.

As TIME wrote last year, the vernal equinox is when “earth’s axis is angled such that the world gets an equal amount of daylight and night,” signaling the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.


This year’s spring begins with a celestial bang. Most of Europe and parts of northern Africa and Asia will be treated with a partial solar eclipse and the few inhabitants of the Danish Faroe Islands and Norway’s Svalbard archipelago will be lucky enough to witness a total eclipse. Or, you can watch a streaming broadcast here.

In parts of Europe, Google is adding an animated eclipse to their Doodle.

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‘Battle Creek’ Stars Dean Winters & Josh Duhamel, Cracking Cases As They Clash

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NEW YORK (AP) — An odd-couple cop drama with a not-so-buddy comedy streak: That’s “Battle Creek,” which pairs a hard-bitten detective from the budget-strapped police force in Battle Creek, Michigan, with a golden-boy agent in the flush FBI who seems incapable of making an uncertain move.

Needless to say, these partners-under-duress clash in personality and crime-solving style.

“Battle Creek,” which airs on CBS on Sunday (10 p.m. EDT), stars Dean Winters as cynical Detective Russ Agnew and Josh Duhamel as silky-smooth Special Agent Milton Chamberlain. In separate phone conversations recently, they discussed their new series, their roles and each other.

Related: CBS Local Inside Look: Battle Creek 

WINTERS: “After a snowstorm last February I thought, ‘I haven’t felt the snow on my head in a long time.’ I had long hair at the time, and I went and shaved it. The very next day I got a call about…

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E! Might Cancel Fashion Police 

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Down half of their hosts, it looks like E! might finally cancel Fashion Police. A source tells the NY Daily News not to “be surprised if they cancel it quietly in a matter of weeks, when the craziness dies down a little.” The source would also like everyone to know that “Melissa [Rivers] is a producer, not a leader” and that the show is considered a “hassle” by network executives.

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