Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill was the UK’s song of the summer

The resurgent popularity of Kate Bush’s classic ‘Running Up That Hill’, sparked by its inclusion in the Netflix series Stranger Things, made it the song of the summer in the UK.

Kate Bush

The 1985 hit saw off the likes of Harry Styles, Beyoncé and more recent bangers like LF SYSTEM’S ‘Afraid To Feel’ to be crowned the most popular song between the first week of June and the last week of August, Official Charts Company data has revealed.

37 years since it was first released, the track had around 86.6 million streams and over 42,000 digital downloads in the period, reportedly making Kate Bush some £1.9million ($2.3million) in the process since Stranger Things aired.

Kate Bush

Its success made it the longest time a song has ever taken to become a UK Number 1 and made Cher the oldest woman to top the UK singles chart at the age of 63; Cher had previously held the record at 52, when her hit ‘Believe’ was number one in 1998.

Bush, who rarely gives interviews, said at the time: “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. Thank you so very much for making the song a No.1 in such an unexpected way.”

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