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Not a week goes by without me listening to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. 17 years ago, this album was my bible and it still is. This week, the Library of Congress is honoring Hill’s album by archiving it, along with 24 other audio works, for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

According to the Library of Congress, “Lauryn Hill’s debut solo record, following the breakup of the Fugees, is a work of honesty in which Hill explores her feelings on topics that included the deep wonder of pregnancy, the pitfalls of modern relationships and the experience of the sacred. The album effortlessly fuses soul, rhythm and blues, rap and reggae. Hill’s vocal range, smooth clear highs and vibrato are stunning. The rapping is rhythmically compelling while always retaining, and frequently exploiting, the natural cadences of conversational speech. Standout guest performances include Carlos Santana’s soulful acoustic guitar solo on ‘Zion,’ and duets with Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo on ‘I Used to Love Him’ and ‘Nothing Even Matters,’ respectively.”

Hill joins music by Ben E. King, Sesame Street, Sly and The Fly Stone, and others who received this historic recognition.

1. Vernacular Wax Cylinder Recordings at University of California, Santa Barbara Library (c.1890-1910)

2. The Benjamin Ives Gilman Collection, recorded at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition at Chicago (1893)

3. “The Boys of the Lough”/ “The Humours of Ennistymon” (single)—Michael Coleman (1922)

4. “Black Snake Moan” / “Match Box Blues” (single)—Blind Lemon Jefferson (1927)

5. “Sorry, Wrong Number” (episode of Suspense radio series, May 25, 1943)

6. “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” (single)—Johnny Mercer (1944)

7. Radio Coverage of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Funeral—Arthur Godfrey, et al (April 14, 1945)

8. Kiss Me, Kate (original cast album) (1949)

9. John Brown’s Body (album)—Tyrone Power, Judith Anderson, and Raymond Massey; directed by Charles Laughton (1953)

10. “My Funny Valentine” (single)—The Gerry Mulligan Quartet featuring Chet Baker (1953)

11. “Sixteen Tons” (single)—Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955)

12. “Mary Don’t You Weep” (single)—The Swan Silvertones (1959)

13. Joan Baez (album)—Joan Baez (1960)

14. “Stand by Me” (single)—Ben E. King (1961)

15. New Orleans’ Sweet Emma Barrett and Her Preservation Hall Jazz Band (album)—Sweet Emma and Her Preservation Hall Jazz Band (1964)

16. “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’’ (single)—The Righteous Brothers (1964)

17. The Doors (album)—The Doors (1967)

18. Stand! (album)—Sly and the Family Stone (1969)

19. Lincoln Mayorga and Distinguished Colleagues (album)—Lincoln Mayorga (1968)

20. A Wild and Crazy Guy (album)—Steve Martin (1978)

21. Sesame Street: All-Time Platinum Favorites (album)—Various (1995)

22. OK Computer (album)—Radiohead (1997)

23. Old Regular Baptists: Lined-Out Hymnody From Southeastern Kentucky (album)—Indian Bottom Association (1997)

24. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (album)—Lauryn Hill (1998)

25. Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman (album)—Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, conductor; Joan Tower, composer (1999)

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