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Walk the Line: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack album to the 2005 biographical drama film of the same name released November 15, 2005 by Wind-Up Records. There are nine songs performed by Joaquin Phoenix (as Johnny Cash), four songs by Reese Witherspoon (as June Carter Cash), one song by Waylon Payne (as Jerry Lee Lewis), one song by Johnathan Rice (as Roy Orbison), two songs by Tyler Hilton (as Elvis Presley), and one song by Shooter Jennings (as Waylon Jennings). At the Golden Globe Awards Joaquin Phoenix was awarded the Best Actor - Musical or Comedy and Reese Witherspoon was awarded the Best Actress - Musical or Comedy, as well as the film won the Best Picture - Musical or Comedy. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon were also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and Best Actress, which Witherspoon won.

Walk the Line: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedNovember 15, 2005
LabelWind-Up Records
ProducerT-Bone Burnett
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Walk the Line is an enhanced CD which also contains two deleted scenes from the film: Phoenix performing "Rock 'n' Roll Ruby" and Phoenix and Witherspoon together near the scene of "Jackson".

The cover features the two stars in an early publicity still, several of which were included as bonus postcards in the Collector's Edition DVD.

As of May 17, 2006 the soundtrack was certified platinum by the RIAA with over 1,000,000 copies sold.

On February 11, 2007 this album won a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.


Track listingEdit

Additional tracksEdit

The film also featured a variety of country, rockabilly and traditional scoring. They were not featured on the soundtrack CD.

  1. "Engine 143" – The Carter Family
  2. "Highway 61 Revisited" – Bob Dylan
  3. "Didn't It Rain" – Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  4. "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" – Blind Willie Johnson
  5. "Volksmusik Medley" – Hans Glisha Orchestra
  6. "I Was There When It Happened" – The Blackwood Brothers
  7. "Try Me One Time" – Willie Nix
  8. "Ain't That Right" – Eddie Snow
  9. "Boogie Blues" – Earl Peterson
  10. "I Miss You Already" – Faron Young
  11. "Defrost Your Heart" – Charlie Feathers
  12. "Feelin' Good" – Little Junior's Blue Flames
  13. "Bop Bop Baby" – Wade and Dick
  14. "Rock With My Baby" – Billy Riley
  15. "Rock N' Roll Ruby" – Joaquin Phoenix
  16. "Fujiyama Mama" – Wanda Jackson
  17. "She Wears Red Feathers" – Guy Mitchell
  18. "Easy Does It" – Lewis LaMedica
  19. "Hey Porter" – Joaquin Phoenix
  20. "Candy Man Blues" – Mississippi John Hurt
  21. "I Got Stripes" – Joaquin Phoenix
  22. "Light of the Night" – Werner Tautz
  23. "You Get To Me" – Minnie and the Minuettes
  24. "Time's a Wastin'" – Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon
  25. "Ring of Fire" – Reese Witherspoon
  26. "Cartoon World"
  27. "Ghost Town/Poem For Eva" – Bill Frisell
  28. "In the Sweet By and By"
  29. "Long Legged Guitar Pickin' Man" – Johnny Cash and June Carter
  30. "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" – Bob Dylan

Chart performanceEdit

Australian Albums Chart 2
Austrian Albums Chart 3
Canadian Albums Chart 4
Danish Albums Chart 39
Dutch Albums Chart 68
French Albums Chart 55
German Albums Chart 12
Swiss Albums Chart 17
U.S. Billboard 200 9
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 3
U.S. Billboard Top Soundtracks 1
New Zealand Albums Chart 6


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[2] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[3] 2× Platinum 200,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[4] Gold 7,500^
United States (RIAA)[5] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2006 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Various Artists – Walk the Line". Music Canada. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  4. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Various – Walk the Line OST". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  5. ^ "American album certifications – Soundtrack – Walk the Line". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 29 May 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.