The National Recording Registry receives about 1,000 public nominations per year. The two classic rock songs were among 25 recordings that the Library's National Recording Preservation Board selected for induction this year. It brings the total number of recordings on the registry to 600 (the Library's recorded sound collection includes nearly 4 million items).
Longtime Journey frontman Steve Perry, who comes from a family of Portuguese immigrants, was ecstatic to receive the distinction.
"This is the greatest honor of my life," he said in a statement. "I've gotten platinum albums and gold albums and I've gotten inducted into the [Rock and Roll] Hall of Fame. But for my mother, my father, my grandmother and grandfather, I am truly beside myself that this is happening...it's an 'only in America' kind of thing."
Queen has yet to comment on the Library of Congress distinction. The 1975 release of the genre-bending "Bohemian Rhapsody" represented a major turning point in the band's history.
The song stayed at No. 1 for nine consecutive weeks in the U.K. — a record at the time — and it was Queen's first Top 10 hit in the U.S., signaling a major change of fortune for the band in America.