Au nom de la rose

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"Au Nom de la Rose"
Au nom de la rose.jpg
Single by Moos
from the album Le Crabe est érotique
B-side Instrumental
"Qui me donnera des ailes"
Released 13 April 1999
Format CD single, 7" single
Genre R&B
Length 4:20
Songwriter(s) Francis Lai, Moos, Pascal Castro
Moos singles chronology
"Qui me donnera des ailes"
"Au Nom de la Rose"
"Délicate Chatte"
"Qui me donnera des ailes"
"Au Nom de la rose"
"Délicate Chatte"

"Au Nom de la rose" is a 1999 song recorded by French singer Moos. The song was released on 13 April 1999 as the second single from his sole album Le Crabe est érotique. It became a smash hit in France and Belgium (Wallonia) where it remained for several months atop of the singles chart.

Song information[edit]

The song is a partly cover version in French-language of the Francis Lai song (Where Do I Begin?) Love Story, originally recorded as theme song for the 1970 movie Love Story directed by Arthur Hiller. Only the chorus is similar, and the lyrics are changed and deal with loss and love in a sensual way. The sound is mostly R&B. The lyrics were written by Moos, and Lai's music reworked by Moos and Pascal Castro.[1]

The song has been added to many French compilations such as Hit Express 8, Hit Connection - Best Of 1999 (released as the time of the song), and Top 50 : 20 ans de tubes Vol. 1 (2007). It has also been included on Hits de diamant, a best of containing big hits in France.

Chart performances[edit]

In France, the song debuted at #6 on SNEP chart on 17 April 1999. It reached number one three weeks later and stayed there for nine consecutive weeks. It remained for 17 weeks in the top ten, 23 weeks in the top 50 and 29 weeks in the top 100.[2] It achieved Diamond status after about two months and half and was the third best-selling single of 1999.

The song is currently the 119th best-selling single of all time in France.[3]

In Belgium (Wallonia), the song was very successful too: it started at #24 on the Ultratop 40 on 15 May 1999, climbed to #5 and eventually topped the chart for eight weeks, before dropping. It totaled 14 weeks in the top ten and 21 weeks in the top 40.[4] The song was ranked #2 on the annual chart.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Au Nom de la rose" — 4:20
  2. "Au Nom de la rose" (instrumental) — 4:20
CD single
  1. "Au nom de la rose" — 4:19
  2. "Qui me donnera des ailes" — 4:18
7" single
  1. "Au Nom de la rose" — 4:20


Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France[5] Diamond 30 June 1998 750,000 918,000[6]


Preceded by
"...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears
French SNEP number-one single
8 May 1999 – 7 July 1999 (9 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Tu ne m'as pas laissé le temps"
by David Hallyday
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
29 May 1999 – 17 July 1999 (8 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Jamais loin de toi" by Lââm


  1. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 460 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  2. ^ a b "Au Nom de la rose", French Singles Chart[permanent dead link] (Retrieved 8 October 2008)
  3. ^ Best-selling singles of all time in France Archived 2012-10-05 at WebCite (Retrieved 8 October 2008)
  4. ^ a b "Au Nom de la rose", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[permanent dead link] (Retrieved 8 October 2008)
  5. ^ French certifications (Retrieved 8 October 2008)
  6. ^ Moos certifications and sales in France See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "MOOS" Archived 2012-03-07 at WebCite (Retrieved 8 October 2008)
  7. ^ 1999 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Archived February 10, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved 8 October 2008)
  8. ^ 1999 French Singles Chart (Retrieved 8 October 2008)