Why is Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill at number one? Star reacts to monumental new success of iconic song

Fans are wondering why Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill is number one, as the star makes a statement about her incredible success

Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill at number one?
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A song that was released in 1985 is currently in the charts and fans are wondering, why is Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill at number one? Here is everything you need to know about the success of the song...

Kate Bush released the song Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) in 1985 and it was a huge hit for the star. Now, almost 40 years later, the song is back in the charts and young fans who weren't even born when the song was released, are now obsessed with the hit. But why is Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill at number one?

In Netflix's Stranger Things Season 4, the song Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush plays at a key moment in the fourth episode. The hit is the favorite song of a key character and is repeated at various points in the season.


As Stranger Things has a wide-ranging audience, for some younger viewers this was the first time they had heard Running Up That Hill. Viewers who had not heard the song before were of course bowled over by Kate's emotional hit which was one of the top songs of the 80s. 

This led many to wonder, what is the meaning behind the Kate Bush song Running Up That Hill? And others to keep streaming it, which has led to it taking the top spot in charts across the world. It is currently number one in the UK, just beating Harry Styles' hit, As It Was. 

Kate Bush learned of the song's success and released an emotional statement about her gratitude to the Stranger Things producers who used her song in the show.

Kate Bush

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"It’s all so exciting! Since the last post, Running Up That Hill has gone to No 1 in Norway and Austria. This is such great news and we just heard today that it’s up from No 8 to No 4 in the US," said the singer on June 15.

"The track is being responded to in so many positive ways. I’ve never experienced anything quite like this before! I just want to say a really big thank you to everyone in the US who has supported the song. It’s the first time I’ve had a top ten single over there and now it’s in the top 5!" said Kate.

Thanking the creators of Stranger Things, she said, "Thank you so much again to the Duffer Brothers - because of their latest, extraordinary series of Stranger Things, the track is being discovered by a whole new audience. Best wishes, Kate."

Kate Bush

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Kate then later said in a statement (opens in new tab), "By featuring Running Up That Hill in such a positive light - as a talisman for Max (one of the main female characters) - the song has been brought into the emotional arena of her story. Fear, conflict and the power of love are all around her and her friends."

Discussing the series specifically Kate said, "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."

The star revealed how emotional she felt from the overwhelming support from fans, "I have to admit I feel really moved by it all. Thank you so very much for making the song a No 1 in such an unexpected way. Kate."

Stranger Things is available to stream exclusively on Netflix. All of the first three seasons and the first volume of the fourth season are on the streaming platform now. 

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