‘Stranger Things’ sends Kate Bush hit ‘Running Up That Hill’ to No. 1

It took 37 years for Kate Bush to reach the top spot.

The ’80s art-pop star’s iconic hit single “Running Up That Hill” is currently the most-streamed song on iTunes thanks to its prominent spot in the new season premiere episode “Stranger Things.” “.

In the show, the track is used to highlight the story of Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink) as she struggles to reconcile the complicated death of her brother, Billy, who was possessed by an evil force during Season 3.

The ’80s-inspired horror series just dropped its highly anticipated fourth season on Netflix over the holiday weekend.

The season 4 premiere sees an angsty Max listening to the British musician on her portable cassette player as she avoids her worried friends and advisers in the halls of Hawkins High School.

After debuting in 1985, “Running Up That Hill” peaked at No. 3 in the UK charts, while in the US it made the Top 40 of the Billboard 200.

The hit was the first single released from Bush’s “Hounds of Love” album, released the same year. Both the single and the album received critical acclaim at the time, with “Hounds of Love” ever since being named one of the greatest records of all time by a multitude of music critics, including those by Rolling Stone and Pitchfork.

A remix of “Running Up That Hill” in 2012 reached No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart while making the soundtrack cut from the closing ceremony of that year’s Summer Olympics.

Bush, 63, has remained active over the decades, releasing her last album, ’50 Words For Snow’, in 2011. In 2014, she gave nightly performances at the Hammersmith Apollo in London during a 22-hour residency. days. on the spot.

During the fourth season of “Stranger Things”, Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink) listens to Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” through his headphones.
Courtesy of Netflix

The acclaimed progressive rocker and modern dancer has been nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame three times, with her last nomination coming this year.

Bush isn’t the first performer to enjoy a late boost from the Netflix thriller, which is known to lean heavily on its suburban 1980s setting. “, for example, could be heard in several episodes of season 3.

English singer Limahl, now 63, who recorded the single composed by Giorgio Moroder, told Entertainment Weekly at the time that he was “very touched” to see her inclusion in “Stranger Things”.

“I didn’t know the show was so big, obviously I’m going to watch it now. That song seems to have gotten everyone really excited,” he said.

New York Post

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