These Boots Are Made for Walkin'

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Single by Nancy Sinatra
from the album Boots
B-side "The City Never Sleeps at Night"
Released February 22, 1966
Format 7" single
Recorded November 19, 1965
Western Recorders
Hollywood, California, United States
Genre Pop rock, country rock
Length 2:42
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Lee Hazlewood<ref name=pc44/>
Producer(s) Lee Hazlewood<ref name="500 Number One Hits">Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 98. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. </ref>
Nancy Sinatra singles chronology

"So Long, Babe"
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"How Does That Grab You, Darlin'?"

"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'Template:-" is a hit song written by Lee Hazlewood and recorded by Nancy Sinatra. It charted January 22, 1966[citation needed] and reached No. 1 in the United States Billboard Hot 100 and in the UK Singles Chart.<ref name="500 Number One Hits"/>

Subsequently, many cover versions of the song have been released in a range of styles: metal, pop, rock, punk rock, country, dance, and industrial. Loretta Lynn, Jessica Simpson, Kon Kan, Geri Halliwell, The Residents, Megadeth, Jewel, Operation Ivy, Parquet Courts, and KMFDM also released covers of the song. Leningrad Cowboys titled their version "These Boots", and released a video of the song, directed by Aki Kaurismäki.

Nancy Sinatra version


Nancy Sinatra was encouraged by Lee Hazlewood to sing the song as if she were "a sixteen-year-old girl who fucks truck drivers".<ref>Cartwright, Garth (2007-08-10). "Obituary: Lee Hazlewood | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-04-06. </ref><ref>"Lee Hazlewood". London: Telegraph. 2007-08-06. Retrieved 2014-04-06. </ref><ref>Guerilla, Urban. "Lee Hazlewood Dead at 78 | Music News | Etc". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 2014-04-06. </ref> Sinatra's recording of the song was made with the help of Los Angeles session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew.<ref name="LA Mag">Alison Martino (19 January 2016). "Nancy Sinatra Talks "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" on the Eve of Its Golden Anniversary The hit song that inspired a generation of women to start walkin’ turns 50 tomorrow". Retrieved 5 July 2016. </ref> This session included Hal Blaine on drums, Al Casey, Tommy Tedesco, and Billy Strange on guitars, Ollie Mitchell, Roy Caton and Lew McCreary on horns, Carol Kaye on electric bass, and Chuck Berghofer on double bass, providing the notable bass line. Nick Bonney was the guitarist for the Nelson Riddle Orchestra.

According to Carol Kaye, "Arranger Billy Strange believed in using the two basses together. Producer Lee Hazlewood asked Chuck to put a sliding run on the front of the tune. Chuck complied by playing notes about three tones apart (4–6 frets apart), but Lee stopped the take. 'No Chuck, make your sliding notes closer together', and that is what you hear."[citation needed]

According to Al Casey, "Well, Lee and I had been friends forever, and he said, 'I've got this song I'm working on, and I want the guitar to play this.' And he showed me, because there's a little bit more than banging on an 'E-chord', which is what most people do. There's more to it than that. He said, 'I want you to do this on the song,' and he sang the song and played the rhythm guitar lick, and I went 'Oh, that's cute!', little suspecting it was gonna be huge."[citation needed]

Nancy Sinatra would later record one of Don Lanier's songs on her 1969 album Nancy.


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The second single taken from her debut album Boots, and follow-up to the minor hit "So Long, Babe", the song became an instant success. In late February 1966, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a move it replicated in similar charts across the world.

When the single was first released, some thought it had to do with the subway strike in New York.[citation needed]

Promotional film

In the same year, Sinatra recorded a promotional film, which would later be known as the music video, for the song. It was produced by Color-Sonics, and played on Scopitone video jukeboxes.<ref name="LA Mag"/> In 1986, for the song's twentieth anniversary, cable station VH1 played the video.

Sinatra told Alison Martino that other videos and performances are from TV shows like The Ed Sullivan Show, Hullaballoo, and Shindig!<ref name="LA Mag"/>

The videos featured Sinatra wearing an iconic pair of boots.<ref name="LA Mag"/>

In popular culture

In 2006, Pitchfork Media selected it as the 114th best song of the 1960s. Critic Tom Breihan described the song as "maybe the finest bitchy kiss-off in pop history".<ref>"". Retrieved 2011-03-13. </ref>

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company used portions of the song for its 1960s ad campaign promoting its "wide boots" tires. Nancy Sinatra unsuccessfully sued Goodyear for using the song, claiming that it had violated her publicity rights.<ref>[1] Archived October 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.</ref>

The song was included in the third episode of American action-comedy series The Good Guys, "Broken Door Theory".


Chart (1966) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) 1
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1
French (IFOP)<ref>Top-Hebdo 4 juin 1966</ref> 13
Ireland (IRMA) 1
Italian Singles Chart 3
New Zealand (RIANZ) 1
UK Singles Chart<ref name="500 Number One Hits"/> (OCC) 1
US Billboard Hot 100 (Billboard) 1

Geri Halliwell version

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Promotional single by Geri Halliwell from the album Rugrats in Paris: The Movie: Music From the Motion Picture

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Format Promo CD
Genre Pop
Length 3:03
Label EMI, Maverick
Writer(s) Lee Hazlewood
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie: Music From the Motion Picture track listing

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British singer-songwriter Geri Halliwell recorded her own version of "These Boots Are Made for WalkinTemplate:' " for the soundtrack to the film Rugrats in Paris: The Movie. The song was released on February 1, 2000 to promote previously the film.<ref name=release/> It was also included as a B-Side in her single Bag It Up, ranking number one in the UK charts.

Live performances

Halliwell performed the song in Casa Milà in July 2000, and again in Oman in November 2001.

Track listing

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  1. "These Boots Are Made for WalkinTemplate:' " – 3:03
  2. "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" – 2:19

Release history

Country Date Format Label
United Kingdom<ref name=release>"Geri Halliwell - These Boots Are Made For Walking / Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps". Discogs. 5 June 2002. Retrieved 18 December 2007. </ref> February 1, 2000 Promotional single — digital download EMI, Maverick

Jessica Simpson version

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Single by Jessica Simpson
from the album The Dukes of Hazzard and A Public Affair
Released May 26, 2005 (US)
August 29, 2005 (UK)
Format Digital download, digital maxi single
Genre Country pop, dance-pop
Length 4:10 (radio edit)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Lee Hazlewood; Jessica Simpson (additional; uncredited)
Producer(s) Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Jessica Simpson singles chronology

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Music video
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Jessica Simpson recorded her own version of "These Boots Are Made for WalkinTemplate:' " (and added her own lyrics) for the soundtrack to the film The Dukes of Hazzard (2005). The version was also included in the international version of her fifth studio album, A Public Affair (2006). Simpson's cover was co-produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and was released as the soundtrack's first single in 2005. It became Simpson's fifth top-twenty single in the United States, and its music video drew some controversy because of its sexual imagery.<ref name=billboard>"Jessica Simpson: Singles Chart History". Archived from using Billboard ID with invalid artist%5d%5d/%5b%5b:Template:BillboardEncode/J%5d%5d/chart the original Check |url= value (help) on May 9, 2013. Retrieved 2008-08-07. </ref><ref>" - Jessica Simpson kicks off People's Choice Awards". January 5, 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-31. </ref>

Recording and release

Simpson's version of the song is performed from the point of view of her character in The Dukes of Hazzard, Daisy Duke, and it has several major differences from Sinatra's version. The song's lyrics were changed almost completely as Simpson felt that they did not accurately convey the feelings needed for the film; in the original Sinatra dealt with a cheating boyfriend, while in the new version Simpson explored Daisy Duke's personality and experiences. She rewrote the majority of the lyrics herself, although some elements were retained such as the opening line "You keep saying you got something for me..." and the spoken "Are you ready, boots? Start walkinTemplate:' ".

Simpson also added some new music to her version of the song. Whereas the original version did not have a bridge, she created one for the cover. A risqué rap-like/spoken breakdown was added after the bridge. Because of the legalities of songwriting, Simpson has not been credited for the new music or lyrics that she wrote. The production of the song was altered as well. Producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis gave the cover a country-inspired production because of its relationship to the film The Dukes of Hazzard, but they also added a more hip hop-like beat.

In an interview with GAC Nights, Jessica stated that her record label did not want to promote the song because of its country feel, even though the song is more pop than country. She said that she told the label "It's a great song and Willie Nelson's on it with me" and she said the label told her pop radio wouldn't understand that importance.[citation needed]

CD single

  1. "These Boots Are Made for WalkinTemplate:' " (Radio edit) - 4:10
  2. "With You (Live from Universal Amphitheater)
  3. "Take My Breath Away" (Live from Universal Amphitheater)
  4. "I Think I'm in Love with You" (Live from Universal Amphitheater)
  5. "These Boots Are Made for WalkinTemplate:' " (Video clip)

Chart performance

"These Boots Are Made for WalkinTemplate:' " peaked at fourteen on the US Billboard Hot 100, and in late 2005 the RIAA certified the single Gold for 500,000 legal downloads or more. Its digital downloads were high, but radio airplay was low. Due to this, it's the song that reached the lowest chart position on the Billboard Hot 100 for a song topping the Hot Digital Songs chart. It reached the top ten on Billboard's Pop 100 chart, and was Simpson's first single to appear on the chart. On 11 December 2006 the single was certified Gold by the RIAA again, this time by Epic Records. In total, the single has received 1 million digital downloads.

Internationally it was a success, reaching top 5 in several European countries. It became her biggest hit in Australia, where it reached number two and remained in the top forty for twenty-four weeks. In Ireland, the single also reached number 2. The song also cracked the top five in the United Kingdom, where it reached number four and is to date, her highest peaking single in Britain. It reached the top ten in the chart European Hot 100 Singles, Belgium, and New Zealand and the top twenty in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. As the end of the year 2005, the single had sold 69,500 copies in UK.<ref>"UK 2005 TOP 200 w/ sales!!". ATRL. Archived from the original on October 3, 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-13. </ref>

Music video

The video, directed by Brett Ratner, has caused some controversy because of its sexual imagery. Mostly having to do with Jessica shaking her rear to numerous men and rubbing her rear against a man's crotch. The scene was well-publicized, with Simpson admitting to the public and the media that she went on the South Beach Diet to achieve her well-toned look in the video. Because of its sexual imagery, the music video is banned in all Middle Eastern and North African nations except Algeria, Israel, Iraq, Lebanon, and Turkey. In Malaysia, it was eventually edited with some of the scenes removed.[citation needed]

It was parodied as "The Dukes Are Not Worth Watching" by MADtv, with Nicole Parker portraying Simpson.[citation needed]

Charts and certifications