Kate Bush has run all the way up to a top 5 hit — no deals with God necessary. The English pop legend’s 1985 classic “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)” has peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 once again, this time at No. 4.
Save for holiday hits, “Running Up That Hill” now also sets the record for the longest time period between a Hot 100 debut and cracking the Top 5 — 36 years, nine months, and two weeks to be exact. For some context, she’s now only surpassed by Harry Styles (“As It Was”), Jack Harlow (“First Class”), and Future (“Wait for U”) on the chart.
“Running Up That Hill”‘s long-overdue resurgence was prompted by its sync in a recent episode of Netflix’s smash Stranger Things. A highlight of her masterpiece Hounds of Love, the track became Bush’s first Top 10 hit last week after it re-entered the charts at No. 8 (in the ’80s, it peaked at No. 30).
To paraphrase the song, its newfound success doesn’t hurt Bush at all: An admitted fan of Stranger Things, she addressed the spiked interest in “Running Up That Hill” in a rare statement posted to her website recently: “It’s all really exciting!” she wrote. Halsey also paid homage to her alt-pop forebear by covering “Running Up That Hill” during her Governors Ball headlining set last weekend.
Inspired by the “Running Up That Hill” renaissance, Consequence Senior Entertainment Editor Liz Shannon Miller discussed the joy of discovering music through film and TV in a recent essay. Contributor Morgan Enos also wrote a crash-course on what the elusive musician has been up to over the past few years.