Just days ahead of the 25th anniversary of her untimely death, Tex-Mex queen Selena‘s music will be living on in the Library of Congress. The National Recording Registry announced today that her Ven Conmigo album was selected this year to be archived in the Library of Congress.
Every year the National Recording Registry announces 25 pieces of music like albums, songs and music sheets that are chosen to be archived in the Library of Congress. To be considered, the titles must be at least 10 years old and deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” in U.S. culture.
Selena’s second major label album, 1990’s Ven Conmigo, will be joining Mexican pioneers Narciso Martinez and Santiago Almeida’s 1936 single “La Chicharronera” in the prestigious collection. She was the queen of Tejano music and Martinez and Almeida are considered the founders of the cultural genre. Like the title of the biggest hit on Ven Conmigo, if there was any reason for Selena fans to “Baila Esta Cumbia,” this would be the perfect opportunity to celebrate.
To maintain the need for people to self-quarantine and practice social distancing amid the Coronavirus (or COVID-19) pandemic, the National Recording Registry called this year’s music selections the “Ultimate ‘Stay at Home’ Playlist.” Other interesting inductees include a Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood album by Fred Rodgers, Dr. Dre’s The Chronic and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”