Metallica's 1986 album Master of Puppets is among this year's titles being inducted into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.
The Registry adds 25 recordings to its ranks each year, based on "cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society and the nation's aural legacy." Master of Puppets is Metallica's third album and the last to feature original bassist Cliff Burton, who died on September 27, 1986 in a bus accident in Sweden. It's been certified six-times platinum.
The new additions bring the Registry's total to 450. Other titles being inducted include Billy Joel's "Piano Man," the Surpemes' "Where Did Our Love Go," Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," two recordings of "Mack the Knife" -- by Louis Armstrong and Bobby Darin -- John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme," Buffy Sainte-Marie's "It's My Way" album, the Impressions' "People Get Ready," Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried," George Carlin's "Class Clown" and the radio broadcast of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game on March 2, 1962 for the Philadelphia Warriors in Hershey, Pa.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.