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Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” Back At The Top Of The Charts 37 Years Later

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Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” is back on the charts

What does it say about the state of our current music when a song from 1985 hits no. 1 on the UK singles chart? Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” has even made a resurgence on charts around the world and has topped the charts in several countries: the song is number one in Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland. In the US, it’s currently number four on the main chart and number one on the Billboard Global 200 chart. This regained popularity is obviously due to its inclusion in the fourth season of the very popular Netflix series “Stranger Things.”

Gen Z is discovering a song written way before they were even a plan, and they love it. Kate Bush is apparently abundantly featured on TikTok: “Kate Bush’s song has been used in over 500,000 short videos” and probably even more now since this article is already 12 days old. We know what happens with any viral entity.

It’s excellent news for Kate Bush who has released several statements about this second and unexpected success of her 1985 hit: “I salute the Duffer Brothers for their courage – taking this new series into a much more adult and darker place. I want to thank them so much for bringing the song into so many people’s lives.” I’m overwhelmed by the scale of affection and support the song is receiving, and it’s all happening really fast as if it’s being driven along by a kind of elemental force.” “I have to admit I feel really moved by it all. Thank you so very much for making the song a number one in such an unexpected way.”

There’s certainly a large audience that had never heard the song, and a new generation probably heard it for the first time when watching the intense scene in “Stranger Things,” but why this song? The series features plenty of ‘80s-‘90s music from Jefferson Airplane to Toto, The Clash, The Bangles, Foreigner, Peter Gabriel, Joy Division, New Order, Echo & the Bunnymen, Vangelis, Madonna, The Cramps, Kiss, Talking Heads, The Police, the Who, Devo, Cyndi Lauper… just to name a few. So, you have to wonder, why the Kate Bush song? Probably because the song fitted the scene perfectly, and because it was an empowering scene reflecting universal fear and resilience.

“Running Up That Hill,” written and produced by Kate Bush, was featured on her fifth studio album “Hounds of Love” released in 1985. The song is her biggest ever hit in America, 37 years after the release of the single. Kate (63) is also the oldest female artist to have a UK number 1 with a self-written song. I just wonder whether a future series for teenagers will propel a song by Justin Bieber, Harry Styles, or Megan Thee Stallion back into the charts in 2050.

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