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Stranger Things pushes Kate Bush’s 1985 Running Up That Hill to number one on iTunes | Ents & Arts News


Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things has helped revive Kate Bush’s hit track Running Up That Hill for a new generation.

The fourth season of the science fiction show began with the song playing through the Walkman of character Max Mayfield (played Sadie Sink).

The lead single off Bush’s album, Hounds of Love, then continues to feature again in other scenes of the series, which is set in the 1980s and started airing on Netflix last week.

This has resulted in the English singer-songwriter’s song to soar straight to number one on the iTunes charts and number 106 on Spotify’s top 200.

Google search traffic for the song has also hugely increased.

Since its first season, which started on Netflix in 2016, Stranger Things has focused on ’80s nostalgia while as they main characters navigate the supernatural chaos that spreads through the fictional town of Hawkins.

Other classic songs that feature on the season four soundtrack include California Dreamin’ by the Beach Boys, Psycho Killer by the Talking Heads and You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) by Dead or Alive.

It is not the first time Running Up That Hill has seen a revival as back in 2012, Bush released a remix of the hit track that reached number six on the UK Singles Chart.

Kate Bush has seen more success with Running Up That Hill
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Kate Bush has seen more success with Running Up That Hill

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It was also included in the official soundtrack album of the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony.

Back in 1985, Bush revealed the meaning behind the song and its lyrics.

She said: “It’s about a relationship between a man and a woman. They love each other very much, and the power of the relationship is something that gets in the way.

“It creates insecurities. It’s saying if the man could be the woman and the woman the man, if they could make a deal with God, to change places, that they’d understand what it’s like to be the other person and perhaps it would clear up misunderstandings.

“You know, all the little problems; there would be no problem.”



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