Meaning of “7 Years” by Lukas Graham

“7 Years” is a song by the popular Danish band Lukas Graham which basically deals with the topic of growing older.  According to Lukas Graham lead vocalist Lukas Forchhammer, the song is about events in his life and the things he hopes to achieve in the coming years. One of the real events of his life he mentions in the lyrics of the song is “smoking herb” and taking burning alcoholic beverages. And what’s interesting is the he did these at the age of 11.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Lukas Graham's 7 Years at

Speaking with, Forchhammer said the song is mainly about his aim to become a good father. He hopes to become such a wonderful father that even when he is old and boring, his children would want to visit him frequently. According to him, he had a “perfect father” who was very cool. Owing to this, his dreams in life are to become as cool as his father was.

Why do the lyrics of “7 Years” end at 60 years?

According to Forchhammer, the reason is because his father died at the age of 61. His father’s death was what motivated him to write this track and a number of the band’s biggest songs.

7 Years Facts about “7 Years” by Lukas Graham

  • “7 Years” was written by Lukas Graham’s lead vocalist Lukas Forchammer along with three other songwriters. They are  Morten Ristorp (also known as Rissi), Stefan Forrest and Morten Pilegaard (also known as Pilo).
  • The song’s production was handled by the song’s co-writers: Pilegaard and the Future Animals (Morten Ristorp and Stefan Forrest).
  • The song was released on September 18, 2015. It  was the third single from the band’s second studio album titled Lukas Graham (also called the Blue Album).
  • Having sold over 10.4 million digital copies in 2016 alone, “7 Years” became one of the most successful songs to ever come out from Denmark.
  • The tune was placed at the seventh position on the list of the world’s best-selling songs of 2016.
  • “7 Years” was so successful it peaked at the number 1 position in numerous countries across the globe, including in the United Kingdom, Australia, Denmark, Ireland and New Zealand. On the US Billboard Hot chart, the song peaked at number 2.
  • Having sold over 2 million copies in the United States alone in 2016, “7 Years” became the fourth best-selling song in the United States in 2016.
  • Just like any other successful song in the history of music, “7 Years” has also been covered by numerous artists over the years. Some of these artists include Jasmine Thompson, Conor Maynard and Linkin’ Bridge.


Did “7 Years” win a Grammy Award?

No. The song received three Grammy nominations at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in 2017. It was nominated in the following categories: Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. It didn’t win in any of the categories. For example, it lost the Song of the Year award to Adele’s “Hello”.

34 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    wow that was a lot to take in

  2. Anonymous says:

    I wonder what he means when he says ,
    “ some I had to leave behind, sorry brother”.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This song is so powerful and I really do understand the mean of this song …

  4. Leslie Kuretzky says:

    FABULOUS song. It deserved to win something, but we all know the Grammys are bias :/

  5. Anonymous says:

    I love this song so much but sometimes it makes me cry….

    • Mariah says:

      I couldn’t agree more but i really do wannabe understand what he meant by “i made a man so happy when i wrote a letter once” along with “some i had to leave behind my brother in so sorry”

  6. Alexander vollmar says:

    Dear Lukas graham you are an amazing person to sing this song like 7 year old I like your song gand good job to sing it my name is Alex I live in Payson Arizona and we loved your a amazing song thanks

  7. Alexander says:

    I love your song I love it

  8. addison says:

    this is such a touching song. every time I get in the car I love singing this song. u really hit the jackpot Lukas. I LOVE U!!!!

  9. STARDOM J (santaz joel) says:

    Its such a soul touch to me since, it says something about me and my late grandmother who took great care of me till she past on her 60s too. I like to do the cover dia for you and for her. Am stardom J.(Joel Santa) from Uganda, Gulu.

    • am lokaline offishol from western Uganda says:

      Soul touching song” when I hear this song it really meant for me its like The owner who sang it was my brotha”

  10. faveee says:

    I so love this song, anything time I listen to it I always feel like crying…..I LOVE THIS SONG♥️♥️

  11. RAndom says:

    I wonder who is his wife

  12. Precious says:

    The song is so cool

  13. Random dude says:

    It’s so emotional it makes me want to cry it a great song 20/10

  14. Random dude says:

    And I felt his emotions in my hart wonderful song again

  15. Anonymous says:

    what does he mean when hes says i made man very happy when i wrote a letter once

    • Anonymous says:

      I think that line means to show how as you get older, you start to pay attention to and seek happiness in the smaller parts of life. He’s saying that when he’s sixty, he’s gonna be proud of things that are seemingly insignificant, like making someone’s day by writing a letter.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Love the song! What does the lyric I got my boys with me, at least those in favor mean?

  17. Bacca says:

    i love you so much

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  19. Powerful says:

    This song is so powerful in so many ways

  20. TISHA says:

    Lukas is such an Inspiration in so many different ways! I’m learning that, the more you pain you go through, the more you actually emotionally hurt, the wiser you become, artistically, spiritually, and emotionally! I’m learning this at 50, with all of my STRENGTH THROUGH MY PAIN! I LOVE THE ENTIRE ALBUM!

  21. Meeeeeeee:) says:

    Such A Superb And Inspirational Song 😉

  22. Anonymous says:

    Dang such a deep and meaningful song…LOVE IT

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  24. Anonymous says:

    I love very much the song 7 years old because it really happen when you will grow

  25. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the information!

  26. Anonymous says:

    did he really meet his wife at 11

  27. Anonymous says:

    this is an amazing song… when i was younger i hated it BUT only because it made me cry every time i listened to it. it’s too good of a song to be true. <33

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