For the first time ever, “Running Up That Hill (Deal With God)” by Kate Bush has reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100. It was a matter of 37 years before we arrived.
To celebrate Netflix’s new season, the 1985 song went to No. 1 on iTunes and made its first appearance on the streaming rankings. A total of 1,099,174 people have listened to it on Spotify thus far. Music from Talking Heads, KISS, and the Beach Boys are used on the “Stranger Things 4” soundtrack, which is No. 5 on iTunes’ Top 200 Albums.
What Is Running Up That Hill About?
In a 1985 interview, Bush explained:
“It’s about a relationship between a man and a woman. They love each other very much, and the power of the relationship is something that gets in the way.” It’s an intriguing prospect and one largely underpinned by the fragility of those relationships.
“It creates insecurities,” Bush continues, “It’s saying if the man could be the woman and the woman the man if they could make a deal with God, to change places, that they’d understand what it’s like to be the other person and perhaps it would clear up misunderstandings. You know, all the little problems; there would be no problem.”
“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. And if we could actually swap each other’s roles, if we could actually be in each other’s place for a while, I think we’d both be very surprised! [Laughs] And I think it would lead to a greater understanding.”
How Is It Related to Stranger Things?
Stranger Things viewers may recognize Max’s favorite song, which has been playing in her headphones since the launch of Season 4 of the show. After all, it was a Top 30 hit in 1985. Other viewers, on the other hand, are likely to be stumped as to what the song is.
“Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” is the lead track from Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love album. It didn’t get as much playing on pop radio as, say, Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” did, but it was still a big smash.
In addition to MTV, VH1 aired Bush’s lip-synching on a BBC chat program in lieu of the original video, which had her performing an interpretive dance.
Why It Has Become So Popular?
After Stranger Things Season 4 premiered on Friday, a relic from the past was brought back to life thanks to Netflix’s show. “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” by Kate Bush is now at the top of the iTunes singles list.
Max’s (Sadie Sink) tale revolves around the song, which initially appears in the opening episode.
The first single from Bush’s album Hounds of Love, “Running Up That Hill” would go on to become her most popular song of the decade. Due to concerns that it would be banned in religious nations including Italy, France, and Australia, the song’s original title was altered to “A Deal With God.”
The NeverEnding Story by Limahl theme song was revived last season by Stranger Things, and it’s not the first time. After the new episodes were aired, YouTube reported that searches for music video had increased by 800%.
How Does This Song Help in Saving Max’s Life?
Still suffering from the loss of her stepbrother, Billy, in Season 3, Max Mayfield is seen in the debut episode of Season 4 strolling the halls of Hawkins High School with headphones on, seemingly oblivious to everyone around her.
The fact that she broke up with Lucas offscreen and refused to join Dustin and Mike’s D&D-themed Hellfire Club shows that she doesn’t want to hang out with the rest of the Hawkins gang.
With just 24 hours to live, Max is cursed by the season’s main villain, Vecna. After she and her companions prove unable to find a means to escape the curse, Max is lured into Upside Down (while her body stays in the real world) and followed by Vecna.
The team only learns that music has the power to free Vecna’s victim’s thanks to Nancy and Robin’s tenacious investigation. After dating Max, Lucas understands her favorite song and places headphones over Max’s ears, blasting the tune into the Upside Down and freeing her from Vecna’s grip.
The music that proves so compelling is none other than Kate Bush’s 1985 hit track, “Running Up That Hill.”
Running Up That Hill Song
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Running Up That Hill a Cover?
It’s no wonder that so many artists have covered Kate Bush’s legendary song “Running Up That Hill” as it is a strong, emotive piece that really hits the soul.
Who Sang the Song Running Up That Hill?
‘Running Up That Hill,’ sung by Kate Bush, is a well-known song in the United Kingdom. It was released in the UK on August 5, 1985, as the first single from her album.
What Is the Age of Kate Bush?
Kate Bush was born on July 30, 1958, and is currently 63 years old.