Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ named American historical treasure | Music News


About a week after her death, disco legend Donna Summer has been bestowed the honor of having one of her works officially and eternally recognized as an artistic treasure. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the singer’s 1977 hit “I Feel Love” has been selected for induction into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.

“I Feel Love” is a cut from Summer’s I Remember Yesterday album — whose concept was to present a progression through the sounds of yesterday, today and tomorrow — and appeared on the segment of the album meant to represent the future of music. The track would go on to top the UK singles chart, peak at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and is one of the defining songs of the disco genre. The song is even counted amongst Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, with the magazine writing that “its impact on dance music is incalculable.”

With its inclusion in the National Registry, the song joins an elite list of recordings only 350 titles long.

Each year, America’s Library of Congress is tasked with selecting 25 songs at least 10 years old that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant,” THR explains, and those songs are forever preserved in the Library’s Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation. The undertaking is one of the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000.

Among the songs joining “I Feel Love” in this year’s class are Bo Diddley‘s “Bo Diddley” and “I’m A Man,” The Sugarhill Gang‘s “Rapper’s Delight,” and “Purple Rain” by Prince and the Revolution.

“America’s sound heritage is an important part of the nation’s history and culture, and this year’s selections reflect the diversity and creativity of the American experience,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who makes the annual selections with advice from the National Recording Preservation Board. “These songs, words and natural sounds must be preserved.”

Summer died May 16 after a bout with cancer. She was 63.

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