Kate Bush tops charts with Running Up That Hill 37 years after release

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Kate Bush’s hit song Running Up That Hill has reached number one almost 37 years after first being released.

It skyrocketed up the charts after featuring on season four of Netflix’s Stranger Things.

The song’s success means Bush has broken the record for the longest time taken for a single to reach number one.

It was originally released in 1985 as the lead track on her Hounds Of Love album but has seen since a global resurgence in popularity thanks to being featured on the show.

The title for the longest-running sleeper hit in the UK was previously held by Wham!, who saw Last Christmas top the Official Singles Chart in 2021, 36 years after its release.

Running Up That Hill is also currently sitting in the number one spot in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland.

It has also achieved a new peak in the US charts at number four.

The song originally reached number three in the UK on its release and it charted again in 12th place in 2012.

The British singer-songwriter has also secured the title of the longest gap between number one singles, as her only other chart-topping moment was 44 years ago with her debut single, Wuthering Heights, in 1978.

To round off her trio of records, at the age of 63, Bush has become the oldest female artist ever to score a UK number one.

She replaces Cher, who was 52 when her song Believe topped the charts in 1998.

Bush said she has been “overwhelmed by the scale of affection and support” for the song as she thanked fans for making the track number one.

She also praised the creators of the popular horror drama for “bringing the song into so many people’s lives”.

Bush said: “I believe the Duffer Brothers have touched people’s hearts in a special way at a time that’s incredibly difficult for everyone, especially younger people.

“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.

“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.

“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.”

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