It’s a song about Lukas Forchhammer, the band’s lead singer. about his life so far and what he hopes to achieve in his future, he explained: “It’s a song about growing older. I’m also coming to a realization that being a father is the most important thing. My biggest dream is not to be some negative old dude, but to have my kids’ friends say, ‘You’re going to visit your dad? Say hi! He’s awesome.’ I had a perfect father.
Lead singer Lukas Graham talked about the message of the song with Radio.com, he said: “The song’s basically just about becoming a good father, and being such a good father that your children would want to come and visit you when you’re an old, boring man. I had a really, really cool father, so that’s what I wanna be too. A lot of older people are actually very, very young, and they look at their age as some stamp that now they can point fingers at all the people that are younger than them; in reality I am probably a lot smarter than some of them anyway, at least. I’ve read more books; I’ve tried more stuff; I’ve seen more things. And I think that’s why I can write a song like ‘Seven Years,’ because I might only be 27, but I know what my dreams are. I knew when I was a young man that I wanted to be a father, and I knew I was gonna be a good father at that.” In another interview with ABC Radio, front-man Lukas Graham explained why the song became a hit, he said: “I think that’s what a lot of people are connecting with. I’m being blatantly honest about the mistakes I’ve made in my life – not that I would say it’s a mistake, I’d do it all again if I got the chance, ’cause that’s why I’m here. The reason why you love someone is not because you agree with everything they do, it’s because you may not necessarily agree, but you still love them. I think we just need to get to a point where people aren’t as judgmental as they are right now.”
Release Date: September 18, 2015
Songwriter/s: Lukas Forchammer – Stefan Forrest – Morten Ristorp – Morten Pilegaard
Label: Copenhagen – Warner Bros
Chart Rankings: Nominated for three Grammy Awards and the best seventh best-selling song of 2017 worldwide with over 10.4 million digital downloads and track-equivalent and streams. In the US, the song peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped the Adult Top 40 and Mainstream Top 40, peaked at number 33 on the Rhythmic charts and at number 26 on the Alternative Songs charts. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Quadruple Platinum for sales over 2.1 million copies. In the UK, it topped the Official Charts Company, The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified Double Platinum for sales over 1.9 million copies. ‘7 Years Old’ topped the charts in several countries around the world including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Slovenia and Sweden. It was certified 7 times Platinum in Sweden, 6 times Platinum in Canada and 5 times Platinum in Australia and Italy. In other countries, the song was certified Quadruple Platinum Poland and Denmark, Triple Platinum New Zealand, Double Platinum in Spain and Platinum in Belgium and Germany.
Artist’s age on Release Date: The Danish pop and soul band was active for 4 years when the released this song.
Cover Versions: Jasmine Thompson – Conor Maynard – Twenty One Two – Madilyn Bailey – Travis Artreo – Alex Aiono – Reza Synger – Megan Nicole – Lawrence Park – Stephen Cornwell – Kurt Hugo Schneider – Bri Heart – Bars and Melody – Kate Peytavin – Victoria Kjoraas – Costantino Carrara (piano cover) – jeremy Green (violin cover) – other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.