The first installment of the series’ fourth season featured Bush’s song “Running Up That Hill” during a pivotal scene for Sadie Sink‘s character Max. The song is one of Max’s favorites and it plays a strong role in bringing her back to health and away from the clutches of trouble in the ‘Upside Down’.
The song, which was released on Bush’s LP “Hounds Of Love” 37 years ago, has clearly resonated with fans just as much as it does with Max. The song gained so much popularity to the point where it recently claimed the TOP SPOT on Billboard’s Global 200 charts!
“Running Up That Hill” has also experienced a lot of success on the social media platform that has become quite well-known in determining a song’s popularity these days: TikTok!
What Does Kate Bush Think Of ‘Running Up That Hill’s Sudden Success?
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As Bush’s nearly 40-year-old song becomes a contender for ‘song of the summer’ and is exposed to a whole new generation of music listeners, there’s no one more excited for “Running Up That Hill’s” newfound moment in the spotlight than the lady herself!
The 63-year-old took to her website to get in touch with fans and express her gratitude for the song’s reception and its chart success. The song had some modest success on MTV in America upon its original release, but it has never charted as high as it has today.
“It’s all so exciting,” Bush wrote in her blog post per People, “This is such great news and we just heard today that it’s up from no. 8 to no. 4 in the US.”
“Running Up That Hill” nearly claimed the number one chart spot in England back in the day, peaking at number three! (via People)
The impact of the song’s popularity in the United States has definitely not been lost on Bush or her fans. She expressed excitement for the song’s US chart performance in her note, writing, “It’s the first time I’ve had a top 10 single over there and now it’s in the top five!” Wow!
For reference, Bush has been writing and recording music for nearly five decades. Her first LP was released in 1978 while she was still a teen!
Bush’s fans couldn’t be happier for their queen.
One big reason I’m so thrilled about the Kate Bush renaissance is because we’re praising the work of a woman who is a songwriter, producer and musician, who carved out a career her own way, centering the experiences and POV of women. Her singularity is being celebrated.
— Annie Zaleski (@anniezaleski) June 15, 2022
Author and music journalist Annie Zaleski wrote on Twitter of “Running Up That Hill’s” newfound popularity, “One big reason I’m so thrilled about the Kate Bush renaissance is because we’re praising the work of a woman who is a songwriter, producer, and musician, who carved out a career her own way, centering the experience and POV of women. Her singularity is being celebrated.”
Sadie Sink ‘Became More Obsessed’ With Kate Bush
Sink, 20, too, discovered Bush with the help of “Stranger Things!”
“I did not know Kate Bush beforehand,” the actress told Vanity Fair via Unilad, “but then I immediately skimmed through her work and then became increasingly more obsessed, and then I was listening to her all of the time.”
Us too, Sadie!
Another “Stranger Things” actress proudly waves her Kate Bush fan flag as well!
Eighties screen queen Winona Ryder revealed to USA Today via People she “had been obsessed” with the “Hounds Of Love” singer since childhood, adding, “I’ve also for the last seven years been dropping hints on set [of Stranger Things] wearing my Kate Bush T-shirts.”