5 Years Time

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"5 Years Time"
Single by Noah and the Whale
from the album Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down
Released 22 October 2007
4 August 2008 (re-release)
Format CD single, Digital download
Genre Anti folk, indie pop
Length 4:02 (Music video edit)
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Charlie Fink
Producer(s) Eliot James, Noah and the Whale
Noah and the Whale singles chronology
"5 Years Time"
"2 Bodies 1 Heart"

"Shape of My Heart"

"5 Years Time"

"Shape of My Heart"

"5 Years Time", also known as "5 Years Time (Sun Sun Sun)" is a song released by English folk rock band Noah and the Whale. It was originally released in 2007, but it later was re-released on 4 August 2008, and became their first top-ten hit.

Chart performance[edit]

"5 Years Time" did not chart upon its first release. After poor initial sales, the group chose to re-release the single, and the record made it onto the charts in a number of countries. In the UK, it debuted at number 24, and went on to become Noah and the Whale's first top-ten single, peaking at number 7. In Ireland, "5 Years Time" debuted at number 47 and peaked at number 10.


Chart (2008) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[1] 59
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 72
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[3] 7
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 10

End of year[edit]

Chart (2008) Position
United Kingdom 78[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video features the band performing in a pub, and dancing/playing in the park. During the video, Laura Marling, who provides backing vocals for the group, is seen playing a tin whistle and also giving the camera the two-fingers. The video was directed by James Copeman. The style of the video resembles a Wes Anderson film, using the same font the director uses in his films/music videos.

The music video was added to YouTube on 13 June 2008, and has been viewed over eight million times.[6]


The song was used in a 2008 SunChips commercial[7] and was used in a 2008 Saturn commercial and featured in a Volkswagen Golf commercial in 2015.


External links[edit]

"5 Years Time" at MusicBrainz (list of releases)