Stranger Things Lands Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill on US Top 10: NPR

Stranger Things Lands Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill on US Top 10: NPR


English singer-songwriter and musician Kate Bush poses at her family’s home in London in September 1978, seven years before “Running Up That Hill” was released.

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English singer-songwriter and musician Kate Bush poses at her family’s home in London in September 1978, seven years before “Running Up That Hill” was released.

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English singer-songwriter Kate Bush just broke into the Billboard Top 10 for the first time — with a song she released four decades ago.

“Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” reached number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it debuted in 1985. It is now experiencing a major renaissance thanks to Weird thingswhich debuted in its fourth season on Netflix late last month.

The song appears several times during the show, as it is the favorite – and main plot focus – of the character Max (played by Sadie Sink). And it went viral, topping the iTunes chart in two days and posting an 8,700% increase in global streams over the course of one weekend.

By last Tuesday, the song had reached the top ten in 34 countries – including the US, Germany, Norway and New Zealand – and number two in nearly a dozen countries, including the UK, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia. This week, it re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart at number eight, making it her first top 10 single in the United States.

Bush — whose catalog includes songs like “Wuthering Heights” and “Cloudbusting” and is also getting a streaming boost — said in a statement on her website that young fans of the show have given the song “a whole new lease on life,” adding, “I love it too!”

“Because of this, Run Up That Hill is charting around the world and has entered the UK chart at number eight,” she wrote over the weekend. “It’s all really exciting! Thanks so much to everyone who supported the song. I can’t wait for the rest of the series in July.”

Bosch usually does not allow her music to be used in other media, diverse reports, but was signed after reviewing script and footage pages to see exactly how the song was used. She added that she also happens to be a huge fan of the show.

The feeling seems to be mutual. The series’ star, Winona Ryder, told USA Today she had long campaigned to provide music for Bush, whom she called “my hero.”

“I’ve been obsessed with it since I was a little girl,” she said. “For the past seven years, I’ve been putting hints on my Kate Bush T-shirt wear collection.”

It’s rare for old songs to go back to the top 10 years after that, diverse He explains, adding that he believes the non-Christmas catalog tune hasn’t quite reached that level in its original recorded form since Queen’s song “Bohemian Rhapsody” reached number two in 1992 (having appeared in Wayne’s world). Even the re-emergence of Fleetwood Mac’s “dreams” in 2020 — thanks to a juice-drinking potato worker and skateboarding Idaho – only finished 12th.

And “Running Up That Hill” doesn’t seem to be losing steam.

As of Tuesday, it is the second most-played song globally on Spotify and Apple News, according to Watchman. And German songwriter Kim Petras recently dropped an electric version of the song (one of many to have been released over decades) in honor of Pride Month.

Nora Felder, Music Supervisor at Weird thingsTell diverse The next generation’s embrace of the song proves how timeless it is.

“I think if it were written and recorded today, it would fit right in and not be considered a dated voice in any way,” she added.

And today’s fans seem to find meaning in the song almost 37 years later – even if they’re listening to it on their cell phones instead of a Walkman.

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