The National Jukebox is a free, searchable streaming jukebox of more than 10,000 historical recordings from the Library of Congress. This vast inventory was originally produced by Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925, in an era before microphones.
The original recording process required performers to work in front of flared metal horns which caused enough vibration to etch sound waves into blank wax discs. Today, the preserved master audio files are created to international standard 24 bit / 96 KHz Broadcast Wave format.
This priceless collection was made possible through the joint dedication of Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music, Inc., David Giovannoni, Mark Lynch and the University of California.
The database is searchable by artist, song, lyricist, genre, composer, year or place.