Sylvester’s “You Make Me Feel” Has Been Added to the Library of Congress

"Oh, you make me feel mighty real..."

The Library of Congress is about to get mighty real.

Every year, the Library of Congress adds 25 American recordings to the National Recording Registry that are deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” and are at least 10 years old.

This year’s inductees include a speech by Robert Kennedy, songs from Schoolhouse Rock!, Jay-Z’s The Blueprint, and some music that means a lot to the queer community: “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” by Sylvester, and Cyndi Lauper’s 1983 debut album She’s So Unusual.


According to the Library of Congress, Sylvester’s disco hit “reflected his childhood background in both African-American gospel music and his work as a drag performer in San Francisco, and has become an enduring LGBTQ anthem. Meanwhile, Lauper’s debut included ’Girls Just Want to Have Fun,’ which she has described as a covert feminist anthem, and the pop star would go on to first become an LGBTQ icon and then an activist.”

It seems the Library of Congress is getting queerer every year. Back in December the National Film Registry announced their additions for 2018, which included its newest title, Brokeback Mountain. Other notable LGBTQ classics like Paris is Burning and The Rocky Horror Picture Show were added in previous years.

Head on over to NBC News for the full list of this year’s inductees to the National Recording Registry.

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