Hits Are for Squares

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Hits Are for Squares
Hits Are for Squares cover.jpg
Compilation album by Sonic Youth
Released June 10, 2008
Genre Alternative rock, noise rock, experimental rock, no wave
Label Starbucks
Sonic Youth compilation album chronology
The Destroyed Room: B-Sides and Rarities
Hits Are For Squares

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
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
BBC Music positive[2]
The New Zealand Herald 4/5 stars[3]
PopMatters 7/10[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[5]
The Skinny 4/5 stars[6]
Uncut 5/5 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]

No. Title Length
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. ^ 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. 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.