Kate Bush is still in shock that her 1985 smash “Running Up That Hill” has just been her first-ever top 10 songs in the United States. Following the song’s inclusion in the newest season of Stranger Things on Netflix, she issued a rare statement thanking listeners. Bush has returned to her website to express further comments. “It’s all so exciting!” she said. “Since the last post, ‘Running Up That Hill’ has gone to No. 1 in Norway and Austria. This is such great news and we just heard today that it’s up from No. 8 to No. 4 in the U.S.”
“The track is being responded to in so many positive ways. I’ve never experienced anything quite like this before!” continued Bush. “I just want to say a really big thank you to everyone in the U.S. who has supported the song. It’s the first time I’ve had a top ten single over there and now it’s in the top 5! Thank you so much again to the Duffer Brothers – because of their latest, extraordinary series of Stranger Things, the track is being discovered by a whole new audience.”
“Running Up That Hill” debuted on Bush’s famous fifth album, Hounds of Love, which she self-produced and created entirely on a Fairlight CMI—a breakthrough digital sampling synthesizer. The song has an important part and acts as a motif throughout Stranger Things’ current season. It’s also the favorite song of Sadie Sink’s character Max Mayfield.
Following its inclusion in Stranger Things, “Running Up That Hill” has gone popular online, with thousands of streams. Kim Petras also did a rendition of the song.