Kate Bush’s recent Running Up That Hill renaissance is officially unstoppable, with Guinness World Records confirming the pop icon has broken three records, after being embraced by a whole new generation of Stranger Things fans.
Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) was the lead single from the singer’s 1985 magnum opus, Hounds of Love. The album was entirely written and produced by Bush herself, following the breakout success of her debut single, Wuthering Heights – also a record-breaking release, making Bush the first female artist to top the UK charts with a self-penned song.
Now, proving herself to be one of the most timeless artists on the planet, Bush added a stack of accolades to her haul, all thanks to a particularly poignant sync in Netflix’s mega-popular series, Stranger Things, which is set in the 80s. The song has been topping charts around the world for the past month, 37 years after its release, and continues to ride a wave of popularity with no signs of slowing.
Kate Bush | ‘Running Up That Hill’
The Guinness World Records reports that the iconic single has now taken three titles, including one that was previously held by pop powerhouse, Cher!
Bush now holds the following titles in the UK: ‘Longest time for a track to reach Number One’ on the UK’s Official Singles Chart, with Running Up that Hill (A Deal with God) taking 36 years 310 days to reach Number one on the UK’s Official Singles Chart. ‘Longest gap between Number Ones’ (44 years) and ‘Oldest female artist to reach Number One’ with Bush being 63 years old.
Previously, Cher held the record of oldest solo female chart-topper when her 1998 power anthem Believe hit number one when she was aged 52. The singer celebrated Kate’s success on social media, saying, “Bravo Kate,” on Twitter.
“Records are meant 2 be broken‼️ Remember back in the day, when women had short sell by dates⁉️ We had 2 fight our way through the testosterone curtain, & we did it so the girls who came after us could sing as long as they want to. With mega respect.”
Bravo Kate🙌🏼— Cher (@cher) June 18, 2022
Records Are Meant 2 Be Broken‼️Remember Back In The Day,When Women Had SHORT SELL BY DATES⁉️We Had 2 Fight Our Way Through The Testosterone Curtain,& We Did it So The Girls Who Came After Us Could Sing As Long As They Want To.
With Mega Respect
Of the runaway resurgence of Running Up That Hill, Bush commented, “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.”
“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. Thank you so very much for making the song a No 1 in such an unexpected way.”
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