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Thanks to “Stranger Things” Season 4, Kate Bush’s hit song “Running Up That Hill (Deal With God)” has finally made its way to the top of the charts for the first time ever. It only took 37 years to get there.
After the new season dropped of Netflix this weekend, the track originally recorded in 1985 soared to the No. 1 spot on iTunes and landed on streaming charts for the first time. It currently sits at 106 on Spotify’s Top 200, with 1,099,174 plays. The “Stranger Things 4” soundtrack – which also features the Talking Heads, KISS, and the Beach Boys, among others – holds the No. 5 spot on iTunes’ Top 200 Albums.
The song first comes into play during the season premiere, when Max (Sadie Sink) strolls through her school hallways listening to it on her Walkman. The song returns a few episodes later, taking on added significance as she mourns her brother’s death and struggles to escape meeting the same fate.
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“Running Up That Hill” might be Max’s favorite song, but she isn’t the only Kate Bush fan among the cast of “Stranger Things,” which is set in the 1980s. Winona Ryder accessorized her premiere look with a Kate Bush pin and called the English singer-songwriter “a hero of mine.”
“I’ve been obsessed with her since I was a little girl,” she told USA Today. “I’ve also for the last seven years been dropping hints on set wearing my Kate Bush T-shirts. I don’t know if you did this, but in my school you had to dress down for P.E., and sometimes I just wouldn’t. I’d just sit there with my headphones listening to her. She’s a hero of mine.”
Released in 1985, “Running Up That Hill” was the lead single on Bush’s fifth album, “Hounds of Love.” It peaked at No. 3 on UK’s Singles Chart and reached 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2012, Bush released a remix that peaked at 22 on the Irish Singles Chart and 6 on the UK Singles Chart.
Both “Stranger Things” and Kate Bush fans delighted at the song’s inclusion, though some diehard Bush fans rolled their eyes at younger generations learning her music through a Netflix show.
Read below for some of the best reactions on social media.
dear billy is genuinely the best episode in the entirety of stranger things, i was on the edge of my seat the whole time. the last 5 minutes? masterpiece. the incorporation of running up that hill? incredible. sadie sink? emmy award worthy #StrangerThings4
— eman (@actuallyeman) May 27, 2022
every person I know including miss stranger things herself uses Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill as a song about death and longing and grief but Kate herself is like oh yeah it’s about two spouses swapping genders so they can understand each other better in their relationship
— nebula should have killed thanos (@gwenstacying) May 28, 2022
i feel like i no longer have a personality now that the locals are discovering running up that hill thanks to stranger things
— omanko (@skyferrori) May 28, 2022
It’s been less than 36 hours since Stranger Things 4 dropped and Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” is all over TikTok. It’s beautiful that people’s biggest takeaways from Stranger Things 4 is Kate Bush’s impeccable artistry.
— julia alexander (@loudmouthjulia) May 29, 2022
People being sad that Kate Bush is "going mainstream" (i.e being heard by a new generation of kids) because she's featured on Stranger Things. Weird. She's brilliant. Everyone should hear Running up that Hill for the first time once. https://t.co/ldbNWoQFJK
— Emily O'Beirne – all canoes lead to #kacy (@emilyobwrites) May 29, 2022