If you’ve binge-watched all of Stranger Things season four, you’ll have no doubt had a certain song stuck in your head ever since. Well, join the club—as Kate Bush’s 80s hit Running Up That Hill is topping the charts all thanks to the Netflix show—and she’s over the moon about it!
The 1985 hit featured in the show's soundtrack and was used as Max’s favorite song, which brought her back from Vecna’s clutches, in episode four. Since then it’s been everywhere on TikTok and shot to number one across the world.
If there ever was a song that truly captured a ‘main character moment’ it’s Running Up That Hill, no question.
Now the pop icon herself has responded to the love that her song has garnered from a whole new generation—and it’s really beautiful.
Speaking to Emma Barnett on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour (opens in new tab), the famously private singer said the reaction has been ‘extraordinary.’
To give you a bit of background, following Stranger Things’ release, the song has shot to the top spot in the UK charts (marking her first number one in the UK since 1978) as well as in Norway, Sweden, Australia, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Austria. And to top it all off Gen-Z’s love for the absolute banger—if we may say so ourselves—has given Kate her first-ever US top 10 hit.
Opening up about what the reaction means to her, Kate said: “[Stranger Things] is such a great series. I thought that the track would get some attention, but I just never imagined that it would be anything like this. It’s so exciting. But it’s quite shocking really, isn’t it? I mean, the whole world’s gone mad!”
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She then added: “What’s really wonderful is that this is a whole new audience. In a lot of cases, they’ve never heard of me. And I love that!
“The thought of all these really young people hearing the song for the first time and discovering it, I think it’s very special.”
During the interview, she also revealed that she’s actually a fan of the show—and shared her thoughts on the role her song played, saying: “I think they’ve put it in a really special place. I mean, the Duffer Brothers created the series and, actually, we watched it from the first season onwards, so I was already familiar with the series.
“And I thought what a lovely way for the song to be used in such a positive way—you know, as a kind of talisman, almost, for Max. And yeah, I think it’s very touching, actually.”
Alexa, play Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush…
Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, trends, fashion, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life. She also tests and reviews beauty and skincare products and tries out the latest TikTok hacks for My Imperfect Life.
Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.
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