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"100 Years" is a song by American singer Five for Fighting. It was released in November 2003 as the first single from the album The Battle for Everything. The song's melody is borrowed from "Plainsong" by The Cure, originally released in 1989.[1] The single reached number one on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2007 the song earned a Platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America for more than 1,000,000 copies sold. It also reached the top 40 in Australia and New Zealand, peaking at number 32 in both countries.

"100 Years"
Single by Five for Fighting
from the album The Battle for Everything
ReleasedNovember 24, 2003
FormatCD single
GenreSoft rock
Songwriter(s)John Ondrasik
Producer(s)Gregg Wattenberg
Five for Fighting singles chronology
"Something About You"
"100 Years"
"The Devil in the Wishing Well"


Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Trey Fanjoy and premiered in January 10, 2004. It placed at number 30 on VH1's Top 40 Music Video Countdown of 2004, spending 18 weeks on VH1's weekly Top 20 countdown. In the video, images of Ondrasik singing and playing the song at the piano are intercut with fictional, idealized versions of himself as a 15-year-old boy, a man in his middle 40s, and a 99-year-old man, reflecting the song's lyrics. At the end of the song, Ondrasik meets his older self.

Chart performanceEdit

In December 2004, on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 2004 chart, "100 Years" was ranked at number 77 for the year, though it peaked at number 28. "100 Years" was also the longest-running number-one single of the year on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, staying at number one for 12 non-consecutive weeks.[2]

Charts and certificationsEdit


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  2. ^ Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart info Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  3. ^ " – Five for Fighting – 100 Years". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ " – Five for Fighting – 100 Years". Top 40 Singles.
  5. ^ "Five for Fighting Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "Five for Fighting Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "Five for Fighting Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "Five for Fighting Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "Top 100 Songs of 2004 - Billboard Year End Charts". Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  10. ^ "American single certifications – Five for Fighting – 100 Years". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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