Kathmandu- The remarkable resurgence of Kate Bush’s 80s classic Running Up That Hill has culminated in the song going to number one in the UK singles chart. Originally released in 1985, the song has enjoyed a new lease of life after featuring in the Netflix sci-fi show Stranger Things.
After reaching number two last week, it has now replaced Harry Styles’ As It Was in the top slot. Bush said she was “overwhelmed by the scale of affection” for her song. “It’s all happening really fast, as if it’s being driven along by a kind of elemental force,” the star said in a statement. “I have to admit I feel really moved by it all.”
The achievement comes 44 years after Bush last reached number one, with her debut single Wuthering Heights. That four-decade gap is the longest in chart history, beating Tom Jones, who had to wait 42 years between Green Green Grass of Home reaching the top in 1966 and his next number one, the charity single (Barry) Islands in the Stream.
Running Up That Hill originally appeared on Bush’s celebrated fifth album Hounds Of Love, which she self-produced and composed largely with a Fairlight CMI – a ground-breaking digital sampling synthesizer.