Finally acknowledging the multitude of lives and energy that have been wasted in our country’s endless war with those damn teenagers and their infectious, irrepressible dancing, the Library of Congress has decided to add Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose” to its list of culturally significant works. Loggins’ song—and its exhortations to kick off your Sunday shoes, no matter what John Lithgow might think—is one of 25 musical works that the Library added, as it does every year, to its National Recording Registry.
Other inclusions on this year’s list include Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Run D.M.C.’s Raising Hell, and “My Girl,” by The Temptations. As usual, the full list is an eclectic bunch; there aren’t many other places where Groucho Marx, Steve Reich, and Yo-Yo Ma can all rub elbows. (Not to mention Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler,” still the most uplifting song ever written about a homeless man tricking a rube into helping him drink himself to death in exchange for some pretty pat and simplistic life advice.)