Kate Bush shares her joy as her 1985 hit Running Up That Hill climbs into US top five
Kate Bush has shared her excitement after her 1985 hit Running Up That Hill climbed to the top five on the US charts after appearing in Stranger Things.
The singer, 63, admitted she’s “never experienced anything like it” after her song was “really revived” on the hit Netflix sci-fi series.
After going viral on TikTok and hitting the charts again in a number of countries, Kate achieved her first ever top five single in America.
Excited: Kate Bush (pictured in 2014) has shared her excitement after her 1985 hit Running Up That Hill climbed to the top five on the US charts after appearing in Stranger Things
Running Up That Hill has climbed all the way to number four on the US charts nearly four decades after its release, with the single originally only reaching number 30 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
The popular tune has also reached number one in Norway and Austria, with her album Hounds Of Love reaching number one on Billboard’s Top Alternative Albums Chart in the US.
Speaking of the milestone achievement, Kate gushed, ‘It’s all so exciting! Since the last post, ‘Running Up That Hill’ has been number 1 in Norway and Austria.
“This is such great news and we just heard today that it has jumped from number 8 to number 4 in the US
Comeback: The singer, 63, admitted she’s “never experienced anything like it” after her song was “really revived” on hit Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things
“There are so many positive reactions to the track. I’ve never experienced anything like this!’
She went on to thank her fans and the creators of Stranger Things, the Duffer Brothers, for using her music in the popular supernatural thriller.
“I want to say a big thank you to everyone in the US who has supported the song,” she added.
“It’s the first time I’ve had a top ten single there and now it’s in the top 5! Thanks again to the Duffer Brothers – for their latest extraordinary series Stranger Things, the track is being discovered by a whole new audience.”
In the fourth season of the hit show, Running Up That Hill happens to be the favorite song of teenage Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink), and it unexpectedly saves her life in episode four.
Tune: In the fourth season of the hit show, Running Up That Hill happens to be teenage Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink)’s favorite song, and it unexpectedly saves her life in episode four
Since the highly anticipated latest episode of Stranger Things hit Netflix in May, Streams for Running Up That Hill on Spotify have jumped 153 percent.
The music video, directed by David Garfath, has been viewed a whopping 67.6 million times on YouTube, a jump from 56.5 million in late May — an increase of nearly 15,000% from the previous week.
Earlier this month, Kate broke her silence and made a rare statement thanks Stranger Things fans for the surprising revival of her hit song.
“You may have heard that the first part of the fantastic, gripping new series Stranger Things has recently been released on Netflix. It features the song, 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,” she wrote on her note. official website†
Impressive: The music video for the song, directed by David Garfath, has racked up a whopping 67.6 million views on YouTube, jumping from 56.5 million at the end of May
“As a result, Running Up That Hill is hitting the charts around the world and entering the UK charts at number 8. It’s all very exciting!
“Thank you so much to everyone who has supported the song. I’m waiting with bated breath for the rest of the series in July. Best wishes, Kate.’
Speaking about the song’s success, Sony Music Publishing’s Wende Crowley previously said that Stranger Things’ music supervisor Nora Felder discussed using it as a pre-pandemic of Max’s song.
She said VarietyShe wanted to make sure it was possible before she got the Duffer Brothers on board with the idea, as the song would be “such a central point in Max’s storyline.”
“Kate Bush is selective when it comes to licensing her music, so we made sure to get scripted pages and footage for her to review so she could see exactly how the song would be used.”
Success: Running Up That Hill has climbed all the way to number four on the US charts nearly four decades after its original release. Pictured: Kate Bush in 1978
The show’s supervisor, Nora, said she chose the song because it resonated with Max’s pain and loss.
“I think it touched a nerve for so many people because it really touches on the alienation and emotional struggles that so many of us go through at some point in life, especially as teenagers,” she told US journalists.
Nora approached Kate for permission to use it, but was nervous about the response due to the singer’s reputation for being picky about how her music is used. But she was already a fan of the drama and happily agreed.
It’s not the first time Kate has recruited a new generation of young fans when her 1980 single Babookshka went viral on TikTok last year and featured in thousands of videos.
Overjoyed: Earlier this month, Kate broke her silence and released a rare statement thanking Stranger Things fans for the surprising revival of her 1985 hit song
Running Up That Hill has inspired many artists such as Kim Petras, Placebo, Alanis Morissette, Ellie Goulding, Charli XCX, kd lang, Grimes, Solange Knowles, Adele and Coldplay.
The reclusive narrator with the four-octave soprano pipes has not released new music since her 10th studio album 50 Words for Snow in 2011.
She may be worth an estimated £30million and living in a £6.4million mansion in Oxfordshire, but she shuns the limelight.
In March Kate nominated for the third time, she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in November, but she didn’t get enough votes from fans.
Career: The reclusive narrator with the four octaves of soprano pipes has not released any new music since her 10th studio album 50 Words for Snow in 2011