Jay-Z's ‘The Blueprint' headed to the National Recording Registry

Jay-Z's seminal album "The Blueprint" is taking its place among some of America's most important historical works as an entry in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.

The library selects titles for preservation because of their cultural and historic importance to the American soundscape.

Each year, 25 recordings that are at least 10 years old are selected by the National Recording Preservation Board.

The rap icon's 2001 double-platinum album is joining Ritchie Valens' song "La Bamba." Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," and Sam & Dave's "Soul Man" are among the musical pieces in this year's field.

The registry is adding Kennedy's recorded speech after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1968 assassination -- two months before Kennedy was killed.

Click here for a complete list of the entries.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.