Daydream Nation was Sonic Youths sixth full-length, their first double-LP, and their last for an indie label before signing with Geffen. Widely considered to be their watershed moment, the album catapulted them into the mainstream and proved that indie bands could enjoy wide commercial success without compromising their artistic vision. More recently, Daydream Nation has been recognized as a classic of its time: Pitchfork ranked it #1 on their 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s; Spin listed it at #13 on their 125 Best Albums of 1985-2010; Rolling Stone put it at #45 on their 100 Best Albums of the Eighties list and #328 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry in 2006.
2007 saw the release of an expanded four-disc vinyl box set, but now the album is back in its original form after years of being out of print and highly sought after. As a special 21st century bonus, the vinyl now includes a digital download card.