Stranger Things Happen As Kate Bush Finally Earns UK No.1 With Running Up That Hill

Kate Bush

Thirty-seven years after Running Up That Hill was first released – the Kate Bush classic  has finally topped the charts in the UK – breaking records in the process.

It’s become hugely popular again following its repeated use in the cult Netflix smash Stranger Things.

The single’s broken the record for the longest time taken to reach number one. The gap between 1985 and Friday June 17, 2022 the longest time a song has taken to get to No 1, beating Wham!, whose Last Christmas finally made it in January 2021.

At 63, Kate’s also the oldest female artist ever to reach that mark.

Bush also has the longest gap between number one singles, with 44 years elapsed since her debut, Wuthering Heights (Tom Jones was the previous record holder at 42 years). Running Up That Hill reached No 3 when it was originally released.

The song is currently at Number 4 in the US, her highest-ever placing there.

In a statement on her website earlier this week, Bush said “So many young people who love the show are discovering the song for the first time.

The response to Running Up That Hill is something that has had its own energy and volition. A direct relationship between the shows and their audience and one that has stood completely outside of the music business. We’ve all been astounded to watch the track explode!