As you’ve no doubt heard, Kate Bush‘s 1985 single ‘Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)’ is enjoying a bit of a moment, some 37 years after it was originally released. The Hounds of Love standout’s resurgence is thanks in large part to the new season of Stranger Things, in which it features prominently.
As a result, ‘Running’ is currently at the number one spot on the ARIA Singles Chart, beating out the likes of Harry Styles‘ ‘As It Was’, Jack Harlow‘s ‘First Class’, Lizzo‘s ‘About Damn Time’ and The Kid LAROI‘s ‘Thousand Miles’ – no small feat for a song that came out three-and-a-half decades ago. It’s also at the top spot in New Zealand, Switzerland and Sweden and is enjoying similar success around the globe, climbing to second on the UK Charts and hitting eighth on the Billboard Hot 100 in the States.
“How utterly brilliant! It’s hard to take in the speed at which this has all been happening since the release of the first part of the Stranger Things new series. So many young people who love the show, discovering the song for the first time,” Bush wrote in a new message on her website.
“The response to Running Up That Hill is something that has had its own energy and volition. A direct relationship between the shows and their audience and one that has stood completely outside of the music business,” she continued. “We’ve all been astounded to watch the track explode! Thanks so much to everyone who has supported the song and a really special thank you to the Duffer Brothers for creating something with such heart.”
Over the weekend, Halsey, fresh from releasing latest single ‘So Good’, got in on the fresh excitement around ‘Running Up That Hill’, covering it live during her appearance at the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York.
Of course, Halsey is far from the first artist to cover Bush’s iconic track. Placebo‘s version of the song from 2003 remains a beloved rendition, and just a couple of weeks ago, Kim Petras shared her own spin on the track for Pride month.
Watch Halsey’s take via fan-shoot footage below.