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Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ re-emerges to the UK Top 10 Charts

Kate Bush’s hit ‘Running Up That Hill’ (A Deal with God) is yet again back among UK Top 10 for an unexpected reason. The 1985 hit is now the most streamed song in the UK and USA on Spotify. The song has earned itself a third appearance in the UK Top 10 in the singles chart since it was released in 1980s thanks to its association with the Netflix May 27 debut drama Stranger Things’ fourth season.

‘Running Up That Hill’ reached No. 3 when it was first released in 1985. The song is now No. 8 based on stream and downloads. Since the beginning of last week it was outside the Top 100 and its unexpected popularity among music listeners grew after the premiere of Strange Things’ fourth season on Netflix.

The hit plays a key part in the fourth episode and is now among the most-streamed each day on Spotify in the US and the UK. The song is behind Harry Styles’ As It Was in Spotify’s global chart and in the same No 2 position on Apple Music. Running Up That Hill is again finding itself a way among UK Top 10 having done it in 2012 when it was used in the closing ceremony of the Olympics.

The ageless song has done it on six other occasions. It was in the Top 10 in 1978 Kabe Bush’s debut single Wuthering Heights, then came back with The Man With the Child in His Eyes; the live EP Kate Bush on Stage; Babooshka; Don’t Give Up with Peter Gabriel and King of the Mountain  comeback single in 2005.

Running Up That Hill unexpected comeback is undoubtfully linked with the success of Netflix supernatural thriller Stranger Things.  The latter was recently premiered on Netflix with viewers spending 287m watching the first seven episodes. Kate Bush recently made a statement on the reemerging success of the song on her website writing, “You might’ve heard that the first part of the fantastic, gripping new series of Stranger Things has recently been released on Netflix. ‘Running Up That Hill’ which is being given a whole new lease of life by the young fans who love the show—I love it too!”

“Because of this, ‘Running Up That Hill’ is charting around the world and has entered the UK chart at No. 8. It’s all really exciting! Thanks very much to everyone who has supported the song. I wait with bated breath for the rest of the series in July.”

One can wonder what is so special about Kate Bush’s hit. In an interview about the song, the English singer, songwriter, musician, dancer and record producer associated its success to its lyrics suggesting that when a man and a woman in love understand each other better, their relationship can be successful.





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