This is a roughly chronological list of compilations featuring contributions by Sonic Youth. Full track list info is provided if possible, and SY's track appears in bold text. Items featured include regular "various artists" compilations, a handful of promo samplers, tributes, freebies, and a few oddities. This page indicates original release date, classification of the SY content (ie: LP Version if it's taken from a previously released album, Original if it's a song exclusive to the compilation, Alt. Vers. if it's an alternate version of a released song, Live if the track is recorded live, etc etc.), and original/common release label.

title year content primary label
NOISE FEST 1982 Original ZG Music
TELLUS #1 1983 Original Harvestworks
SPEED TRIALS 1984 Live/Orig. Homestead
59 TO 1 CASSETTE NR. 1 1984 LP vers. 59 to 1
YOU BET WE'VE GOT SOMETHING AGAINST YOU 1985 Live Cathexis/Pleasantly Surprised
A DIAMOND HIDDEN IN THE MOUTH OF A CORPSE 1985 LP Vers. Giorno Poetry Systems
PLOW! 1985 Alt. Vers. Organik
CHEMICAL IMBALANCE #4 1986 Live Chemical Balance
IMPACT (auto-edit) 1986 Live Audio Instant
COMMUNICATE LIVE 1986 Live Thames Poly Student Union
LIFE WOULD BE GRIM WITHOUT HUMOUR 1986 Live Fourth Dimension
SUB POP 100 1986 LP Vers. Sub Pop
EMMA PRESENTEERT 1986 Live M. A. Draje
HITS $ CORRUPTION 1986 Live Hits & Corruption
BANG ZOOM #7 1986 Live/Orig. Bang Zoom
INDIE TOP 20 VOL 1 1987 LP vers. Band of Joy
TELLUS #18: EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE 1987 Original Harvestworks
NME'S HAT TRICK 1987 Live NME
RHYTHM & NOISE 1987 Live Underground Mag 7
SST GODHEAD STOREDUDE IN-STORE PLAY DEVICE #1 1987 LP vers. SST
SST GODHEAD STOREDUDE IN-STORE PLAY DEVICE #2 1987 LP vers. SST
SST GODHEAD STOREDUDE IN-STORE PLAY DEVICE #3 1987 LP vers. SST
SST GODHEAD STOREDUDE IN-STORE PLAY DEVICE #5 1987 Live SST
TAKING THIS PLACE APART II 1987 Interview ?
59 TO 1 CASSETTE NR. 17 1987 LP Vers. 59 to 1
MINI PLOT 1988 Cover (mix) SST
SOUNDS BLASTS 2 1988 Alt. Vers. Sounds Blast 2
SGT PEPPER KNEW MY FATHER 1988 Cover NME Presents
GOOD FEELING 1988 Live 53rd & 3rd
RIVER OF NO RETURN 1988 Live United Piss Artists
FAST 'N' BULBOUS 1988 Cover Imaginary
MUSIC VIEW #41 1988 LP/Interview ?
INDIE CITY 1 1988 LP Vers. New Musical Express
GIGANTIC! 1989 Alt. Vers. Melody Maker
MELTING PLOT 1989 Cover SST
THE BRIDGE 1989 Cover Caroline
EVERY BAND HAS A SHONEN KNIFE WHO LOVES THEM 1989 Cover Gasatanka/Giant
NOTHING SHORT OF TOTAL WAR 1989 Original Blast First
DEVIL'S JUKEBOX 1989 Original Blast First
CMJ PRESENTS CERTAIN DAMAGE 1989? LP vers. CMJ
ENIGMA! A MANIC ASSEMBLAGE OF ENIGMA RECORDING ARTISTS 1989 LP Vers. Enigma
THE BEST OF CMJ 1979-1989 1990? LP vers. CMJ
DK PULSER NO. 1 1990 Original DK Pulser
VERA GRONINGEN: BEAUTY IN THE UNDERWORLD 1990 Live/Orig. Vera
SMILES, VIBES, & HARMONY 1990 Cover DeMilo Records
50 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS CAN'T BE WRONG 1990 ? CMJ
DECADE 1: A MUSICAL HISTORY 1990 LP Vers. MCA
MCA CD COMPILATION #5 1991 LP vers. MCA
OUT OF TIME 1991 Cover Imaginary
SUBMERGE YOURSELF IN SOUND 1991 Live DGC
NEVERMIND THE MAINSTREAM 1 1992 LP Vers. Rhino
FREEDOM OF CHOICE 1992 Cover Caroline/City Slang
NME SINGLES OF THE WEEK 1992 1992 LP Vers. RCA
BURNING LEAVES 1992 LP Vers. DGC
ROCK THE VOTE 1992 PSA Warner Bros.
DERAILS 1992 Remix DGC
REFLEX TEST 1992 Remix DGC
ROAD KILL 1992 Remix DGC
SPAWN 1992 Remix DGC
PLAY MCA AUGUST 92 1992 LP vers? MCA
THE INDIE SCENE 85 1992 LP vers. The Connoisseur Collection
VOX ELITE 1993 LP Vers. VOX/ICP
MONDO SUPREMO 1993 LP Vers. DGC
SPLUNGE 1993 LP (Edit) DGC
ASTRO SHEEN 1993 LP Vers? DGC
OPTION GIVEAWAY 1993 LP Vers. Option Mag
METAL CD GIVEAWAY 1993 LP Vers. Metal Magazine
RCD CLASSIC ROCK COLLECTION VOL 10 1993 LP Vers.? Northern Shell Pic
DIE HARD STREET MUSIC 1993 Original Immortal
NO ALTERNATIVE 1993 Live Arista
THEN CAME THE LAST DAYS OF MAY 1993?! Cover Old Stage Road
20 GROUPES EN STARTER 1993? Live Les Trans-Musicales
DE AFREKENING VOLUME 5 1993? LP Vers. Columbia
RIFRAF VOLUME ONE 1993 LP Vers. Liquid
METAL CD COLLECTION 13 1993 LP Vers. Northern & Shell Publications
REBELLIOUS JUKEBOX 1993 LP Vers. Melody Maker
GRINDER 1994 LP Vers. DGC
STEP STEP STEPPIN' ON SATAN'S FOOT 1994 Original Tedium House
GRILLER 2 1994 LP Vers. DGC
RADIO MUSIC & INTERVIEW 1994 LP Vers. ?
FROM ROCK TO R&B 1994 LP Vers. ?
MCA CANADA CD COMPILATION #9 1994 LP vers. MCA
CMJ NEW MUSIC #10 1994 LP Vers. CMJ Mag
IN CONCERT: NEW ROCK #94-16 1994? Live ? Westwood One
ALTERNATIVE NRG 1994 Live Hollywood
DGC RARITIES VOL. 1 1994 Original DGC
GEFFEN RARITIES VOL. 1 1994 Original Geffen
IF I WERE A CARPENTER 1994 Cover A&M
HOW MANY CATS CAN YOU FIT IN A BUCKET? 1994 Cover A&M
B.L.A.S.T. #3 1994 Cover S.I.N.
HARD FORCE 1994 LP Vers. Geffen
VOLUME 9 1994 Alt. Vers. ?
INSANITY 1994? LP Vers. Sony Music
THE ATLANTIC GROUP 1995 RELEASE NO 1 JANUARY 1995 EP Vers. Atlantic
HITS POST MODERN SYNDROME 1995 LP vers. ?
SWAG 1995 LP Vers. Geffen
RAH RAH SIS BOOM SWAG 1995 LP Vers. Geffen
BACK TO SCHOOL 1995 LP (Edit) Geffen
SEARCH & DISOBEY 1995 Live Kennel Club
MUTE BANK 1995 LP Vers. Mute
CMJ NEW MUSIC NOVEMBER - VOLUME 27 1995 LP (Edit) CMJ
NME USA TODAY 1995 LP vers. NME
PLAY MCA SEPT/OCT 95 1995 LP vers. MCA
JUST SAY NOEL 1995 Cover Geffen
BUY PRODUCT 1995 LP Vers. Geffen
DEFINITIVT BEAT NR 10 - 95 1995 LP Vers. Beat
ROCKS OFF 1995 LP Vers. PolyGram TV
ALTERNATOR 1995 LP Vers. Crash Bang!
MCA SER FREMOVER 1995 LP Vers. MCA
WILD CD 04 1995 LP Vers. Wild Magazine
BUY PRODUCT 2 1996 Alt. Vers. Geffen
PLAY MCA MAR/APR 96 1996 LP vers. MCA
SWAG AMERICAN STYLE 1996 LP Vers. Geffen
ABSOLUTE 90'S 1996 LP Vers? MCA
GENERATION X 90'S 1996? Cover ?
DE MIX VOL 1 1996 LP Vers. MCA Music
SEM LIMITES 1996 LP Vers. MCA Music
SWAG VOLUME 1 1996 LP Vers. MCA Canada
VOX HAUTE COUTURE 1997 LP Vers. Vox Mag
CMJ 500 1997 LP Vers. CMJ
TIBETAN FREEDOM CONCERT 1997 Live Capitol
LORD OF THE BOARDS 1997 LP Vers. Ariola
UNIVERSAL VORVERKAUF 1998 LP Vers.? Universal
HIT DISC RADIO 1998 Edit ?
MIX & MATCH 1998 LP Vers. Geffen
JAPANESE RUMBA 1998 Cover Yakuza
INDIE 2000 VOL.2 1998 LP vers. Columbia
NEW WAVE HALLOWEEN 1998 LP Vers. WEA/Atlantic/Rhino
WOMEN IN ROCK 1998 LP Vers. BMG/Razor & Tie
RRR-500 1998 Alt.. RRR
AXION TWO 1998 LP Vers. Universal
DE AFREKENING 16 1998 LP Vers. Sony Music
ZOO MAGAZINE CD SAMPLER 1998 LP Vers. Zoo Magazine
GENERATIONEXT MUSIC BY PEPSI 1998 LP (Edit) Arcade España
GOING UNDERGROUND 1999 LP Vers. Rhino
WIRED - MUSIC FUTURISTS 1999 LP Vers. Rhino
GO SIMPSONIC WITH THE SIMPSONS 1999 Cover WEA/Atlantic/Rhino
INDEX MAG SAMPLER 1999 Original Index Mag
UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED 2000 LP Vers? Uncut Mag
AT HOME WITH THE GROOVEBOX 2000 Original Grand Royal
ELYSIAN FIELDS SOUNDTRACK 2000 Alt. Vers. Elysian Fields
CMJ NEW MUSIC MONTHLY #84 2000 LP Vers. CMJ Mag
MONITOR THIS 2000 LP Vers. Universal?
CROSSING ALL OVER VOL. 12 2000 LP Vers. ?
SLEIGHED 2000 Cover Universal
OPEN ENDS: MUSICAL EXPLORATION IN NEW YORK 1960-2000 2000 EP Vers. Museum Music
TT 35 2000? LP Vers. Text Und Ton Magazin
ROUGH TRADE SHOPS 25 YEARS 2001 LP vers. Mute
LES INROCKUPTIBLES - OBJECTIF 2001 2001 Collab. Les Inrockuptibles
BED OF SOUND 2001 Excerpt ?
JANE MAG COMPILATION 2001 Original Jane Mag
THE VISIONS #100 ANNIVERSARY 2001 Cover Visions Magazine
UNDER THE INFLUENCE 2001 EP Vers. Six Degrees
ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES 1.1 2002 Original ATPR
ANTHOLOGY OF NOISE & ELECTRONIC MUSIC 2002 Original Sub Rosa
THE WIRE 20 YEARS 1982-2002: AUDIO ISSUE 2002 LP Vers. Mute
ALL AREAS VOLUME 27 2002 LP Vers. Visions Magazine
YOU GOTTA HEAR THIS VOLUME 3 2002 LP Vers. ?
KICK IT ALL STARS 2002 LP Vers. Interscope
THE WIRE TAPPER 9 2002 EP Vers. Wire Magazine
SONIC YOUTH DJ HOUR 2002 LP Vers. Geffen?
2002 TOUCH AND GO/QUARTERSTICK RECORDS SAMPLER 2002 EP Vers. Touch and Go
KERRANG! THE ALBUM 2002 LP Vers. Universal Music TV
...UND ES WAR SOMMER 2002 LP Vers. Chinchilla
TENTH ANNIVERSARY - ONGOING HISTORY OF NEW MUSIC 2003 LP Vers. Universal Music
YOU CAN NEVER GO FAST ENOUGH 2003 Original Plain Recordings
LIVE FROM BONNAROO 2003 2003 Live Sanctuary
LEFT OF THE DIAL: DISPATCHES FROM THE 80s UNDERGROUND 2004 LP Vers. Rhino
MAI 2004 2004 Radio Edit Les Inrockuptibles
PEACE NOT WAR: VOLUME TWO 2004 LP Vers. Peace Not War
PLAYLIST: VOLUME 23 - SUMMER 2004 2004 LP Vers. HMV
ROUGH TRADE SHOPS - COUNTER CULTURE 04 BEST OF 2004 2005 LP Vers. Mute
ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES 3.1 2005 Cover ATP Recordings
LIKE A RUG IN A LAKE 2005 LP Vers. Freedom From
NEW YORK NOISE VOL 2 2005 LP Vers. Soul Jazz Records
SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG DISKOTHEK 1993 2005 LP Vers. Süddeutsche Zeitung
ART ROCK FESTIVAL SAINT-BRIEUC 2005 2005 Prev. Rel. n/a
FROM THE KITCHEN ARCHIVES NO 3 2006 Live Orange Mountain Music
THE DEFINITIVE TOM DUNNE VOL 01: PET PICKS 2000-2006 2006 LP Vers. Rubyworks
AIR MAGIC WORLD POP FEVER 2006 LP Vers. Magic
MOMENTOS 2006 VOLUMEN II CANCIONES INTERNACIONALES 2006 LP Vers. Sinedin Music
LA ROUTE DU ROCK - LA COMPILATION 2007 2007 LP Vers. La Route Du Rock
LE NEW YORK D'ANDY WARHOL 2007 EP Vers. Les Inrockuptibles
BACK TO MINE: GUILLEMOTS 2007 LP Vers. DMC
LIKE A HURRICANE - A TRIBUTE TO NEIL YOUNG 2007 Cover Uncut
THIS IS NEXT - INDIE'S BIGGEST HITS VOLUME 1 2007 LP Vers. Vice Records
FREE YR RADIO 2007 2007 Live ?
20 YEARS OF RAGE 2007 LP Vers. Warner
DJ SPOOKY: SOUND UNBOUND 2008 Remix Sub Rosa
ROCKUMENTARIES 2008 LP Vers. BlackBook
IT'S COOL TO BE HOT 2008 LP Vers. Music Sales Group
ELEGY SAMPLER 60 2009 LP Vers. Elegy
UN PRINTEMPS 2009 - VOL. 2 2009 LP Vers. Les Inrockuptibles
CD SIDE 53 2009 LP Vers. D-Side
BRAND NEU! 2009 LP Vers. Feraltone
GIVE.LISTEN.HELP VOL 6 2009 Live ?
DOES YOUR CAT KNOW MY DOG? 2010 Live Three:Four Records
NOT THE SPACES YOU KNOW, BUT BETWEEN THEM 2011 Original Three Lobed Recordings
 

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