The Moon Song

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"The Moon Song"
Single by Various Artists
ReleasedFebruary 11, 2014
FormatCD single, digital download
GenreIndie folk
LabelWaterTower Music
Songwriter(s)Karen Orzolek, Spike Jonze
Producer(s)Karen Orzolek, Spike Jonze

"The Moon Song" is a song from the 2013 feature film Her, with music composed by Karen Orzolek (Karen O) and lyrics by Karen Orzolek and Spike Jonze. Performed by Karen O during the film's end credits, the song was also performed by the film's main characters, Samantha (Scarlett Johansson) and Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix). It was released by WaterTower Music on February 11, 2014.

In January 2014, the song was nominated for Best Original Song at the 86th Academy Awards,[1] but lost to "Let It Go" from Frozen. Karen O performed the song at the ceremony accompanied by Ezra Koenig on guitar on March 2, 2014.[2] In December 2014, the song was nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 57th Grammy Awards but again lost to "Let It Go".

Track listing[edit]

The Moon Song: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture Her – Single[3]
1."The Moon Song" (studio version duet)Karen O, Spike JonzeO and Ezra Koenig3:05
2."The Moon Song" (end title credit)O, JonzeO2:26
3."The Moon Song" (film version)O, JonzeScarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix1:50
Total length:7:21


Studio version[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
France (SNEP)[4] 194
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[5] 27
Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard)[6] 34
US Rock Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[7] 18
US Alternative Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[8] 15


  1. ^ Ayers, Mike (January 16, 2014). "Karen O Reacts to Oscar Nomination for 'Her': 'Holy Smokes!'". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  2. ^ "OSCARS: Karen O To Perform 'The Moon Song' From 'Her'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. February 13, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  3. ^ "'The Moon Song' (Music from and Inspired by 'Her') Single Released". Film Music Reporter. February 11, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  4. ^ " – KAREN O FEAT. EZRA KOENIG – The Moon Song" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Karen O Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  6. ^ "Karen O Chart History (Mexico Ingles Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  7. ^ "Karen O Chart History (Rock Digital Song Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  8. ^ "Karen O: Chart History (Alternative Digital Song Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2019.