Hits Are for Squares

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Hits Are for Squares
Hits Are for Squares cover.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedJune 10, 2008
Sonic Youth compilation album chronology
The Destroyed Room: B-Sides and Rarities
Hits Are for Squares
Sonic Youth chronology
SYR7: J'Accuse Ted Hughes
Hits Are for Squares
SYR8: Andre Sider Af Sonic Youth

Hits Are for Squares is a compilation album by American alternative rock band Sonic Youth. It was released in 2008 on Starbucks Music.


The album contains sixteen tracks: the first fifteen were selected by other artists, and the sixteenth is an exclusive new recording by Sonic Youth.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
BBC Musicpositive[2]
The New Zealand Herald4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[5]
The Skinny4/5 stars[6]
Uncut5/5 stars[7]

Hits Are for Squares was initially only released in America. It received a limited international release on vinyl for Record Store Day 2010.

Track listing[edit]

1."Bull in the Heather" (selected by Catherine Keener, actress; from Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star) 
2."100%" (selected by Mike D, of Beastie Boys; from Dirty) 
3."Sugar Kane" (selected by Beck; from Dirty) 
4."Kool Thing" (selected by Radiohead; from Goo) 
5."Disappearer" (selected by Portia de Rossi, actress; from Goo) 
6."Superstar" (selected by Diablo Cody, screenwriter; from If I Were a Carpenter) 
7."Stones" (selected by Allison Anders, film director; from Sonic Nurse) 
8."Tuff Gnarl" (selected by Dave Eggers, writer and Mike Watt, bassist; from Sister) 
9."Teen Age Riot" (selected by Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam's vocalist; from Daydream Nation) 
10."Shadow of a Doubt" (selected by Michelle Williams, actress; from EVOL) 
11."Rain on Tin" (selected by Flea, Red Hot Chili Peppers's bassist; from Murray Street) 
12."Tom Violence" (selected by Gus Van Sant, film director; from EVOL) 
13."Mary-Christ" (selected by David Cross, comedian; from Goo) 
14."The World Looks Red" (selected by Chloë Sevigny, actress; from Confusion is Sex) 
15."Expressway to Yr Skull" (selected by The Flaming Lips; from EVOL) 
16."Slow Revolution" (exclusive new Sonic Youth recording) 


  1. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Hits Are for Squares - Sonic Youth". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  2. ^ Deller, Alex (2011-11-04). "Review of Sonic Youth - Hits Are for Squares". BBC Music. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  3. ^ Kara, Scott (2011-10-15). "Album Review: Sonic Youth, Hits Are For Squares". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  4. ^ Heaton, Dave (2008-07-17). "Sonic Youth: Hits Are for Squares". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  5. ^ "Sonic Youth: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  6. ^ Tasseltine, Austin (2011-10-24). "Sonic Youth - Hits Are For Squares". The Skinny. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  7. ^ "Sonic Youth - Hits Are for Squares CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-06-24.