The Recording Academy – Records of Credit

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For a second consecutive year, Behind the Record continues the industry-wide conversation to respect the contribution made by producers, engineers, songwriters, mixers, instrumentalists, and others in the business. 

This animated film, called Records of Credit, was created by TBWA\Chiat\Day LA and directed by The Youth and Maldita. The film is narrated by spoken word artist and Recording Academy Chicago Chapter President J. Ivy, and takes the viewer on a songwriting journey, from the creative stage, soundboard and mixing, directly to your ears. 

“This year’s approach tells the story of the relentless spirit, craft, genius, dedication and outright obsession of those behind our favourite records by cleverly weaving 33 classic and popular album titles into that story,” said Jason Karley, Group Creative Director at TBWA\Chiat\Day. “With Covid, more than ever, the people behind the scenes of music need the credit they deserve and to get their names out into the world to help keep them working. We hope the Behind the Record movement inspires musical artists, labels and others in the industry to give credit to all the people who helped make their records happen.”  

If you're wondering what the 33 album references in this film were, the list is below...


1. Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A. 

2. The Suburbs - Arcade Fire 

3. The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd 

4. Music - Madonna 

5. Born This Way - Lady Gaga 

6. Sound & Color - Alabama Shakes 

7. Purpose - Justin Bieber 

8. Dirty Computer - Janelle Monáe 

9. Love & Hate – Michael Kiwanuka 

10. Desire - Bob Dylan 

11. Songs in A Minor - Alicia Keys 

12. Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder 

13. For Everyman - Jackson Browne 

14. Woman - Justice 

15. 22, a Million - Bon Iver 

16. Daydream Nation - Sonic Youth 

17. Dictionary of Soul - Otis Redding 

18. Stardust - Willie Nelson 

19. Raising Hell - Run-D.M.C. 

20. 24k Magic - Bruno Mars 

21. Between the Buttons - The Rolling Stones 

22. Everything Is Love - The Carters 

23. Nevermind - Nirvana 

24. DAMN - Kendrick Lamar 

25. Kick Out the Jams - MC5 

26. Lemonade - Beyoncé 

27. Imagine - John Lennon 

28. At Last - Etta James 

29. Play - Moby 

30. Loud - Rihanna 

31. Legend - Bob Marley and the Wailers 

32. The Reason Why - Little Big Town + Jeff Balding 

33. Thank You - Meghan Trainor