When did Kate Bush release Running Up That Hill and when was it on Stranger Things?

THANKS to her hits Running Up That Hill and Wuthering Heights, Kate Bush became a household name during the late 1970s and 1980s.

Fast forward to over 40 years later, and Kate’s music catalog is experiencing a resurgence again due to her prominence on Stranger Things.


Kate Bush is the singer and songwriter behind Stranger Things fan-favorite song, Running Up That HillCredit: Getty

When did Kate Bush release Running Up That Hill?

On August 5, 1985, Kate Bush released Running Up That Hill as the lead single from her fifth studio album, Hounds of Love.

Throughout the song’s initial run, it reached the Top 40 of pop music charts in the UK, Ireland, the United States, and Australia.

Kate explained the song’s meaning on The Old Grey Whistle Test and said: “I was trying to say that, really, a man and a woman can’t understand each other because we are a man and a woman.”

“If we could actually swap each other’s roles and if we could actually be in each other’s place for a while, I think we’d both be very surprised!” 

She further shared: “I think it would lead to a greater understanding. And really the only way I could think it could be done was either… you know, I thought a deal with the devil, you know.”

“I thought, ‘well, no, why not a deal with God!’ You know, because in a way it’s so much more powerful the whole idea of asking God to make a deal with you.”

“You see, for me, it is still called ‘A Deal With God’, that was its title. But we were told that if we kept this title that it would not be played in any of the religious countries.”

Kate added: “Italy wouldn’t play it, France wouldn’t play it, and Australia wouldn’t play it!”

“Ireland wouldn’t play it, and that generally, we might get it blocked purely because it had God in the title.”

In August 2012, the hit single entered the mainstream again after it was featured at that year’s Summer Olympics’ closing ceremony in London.

When was it on Stranger Things?

On May 27, 2022, Netflix distributed season four of Stranger Things to the platform’s subscribers.

In the first half of the fourth edition, Running Up That Hill is prominently featured in a number of scenes and is regarded as the character Max’s favorite song.

Stranger Things series regular Max, played by Sadie Sink, is a devoted fan of Kate Bush and her music


Stranger Things series regular Max, played by Sadie Sink, is a devoted fan of Kate Bush and her musicCredit: © 2022 Netflix, Inc.

During the climax of the fourth episode’s conflict, the single plays a significant role in the aforementioned character’s escape from the season’s antagonist, Vecna.

In the wake of the show’s usage of Running Up That Hill, the song soared back into mainstream popularity.

The track re-entered the UK Singles Chart and Australian Singles Chart at number one, while it climbed to number four on the Billboard Hot 100.

While speaking to Emma Barnett on BBC Radio 4, Kate went into detail about the song’s resurgence.

The legendary singer stated: “It’s just extraordinary. It’s 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.”

She went on to say: “It’s so exciting. But it’s quite shocking really, isn’t it? I mean, the whole world’s gone mad.”

“The thought of all these really young people hearing the song for the first time and discovering it is, well, I think it’s very special.”

“I think they’ve put it in a really special place. The Duffer brothers created the series and actually, we watched it from the first series onwards, so I was already familiar with the series.”

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Kate revealed: “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.”

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