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
Format CD single, Digital download
Genre Alternative
Anti folk
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)" was the first single (record) released by the 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 echoes the style of a Wes Anderson film, using the same typefont the director typically 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 some 2008 Saturn commercials and featured in a Volkswagen Golf commercial in 2015.


External links[edit]

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