Kate Bush breaks three Guinness World Records with song Running Up That Hill

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1 Jul 2022, 06:58

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Kate Bush has broken three world records with her 1985 track Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God). 

The Guinness Book of World Records has confirmed the singer has broken the record for the oldest female artist to reach No.1 on the UK’s Official Singles Chart, the longest time for a track to reach No.1 on the UK’s Official Singles Chart and the longest gap between No.1s on the UK’s Official Singles Chart. 

When it was originally released as part of Bush’s Hounds of Love album, the song only reached Number 3 on the charts, and now 37 years later, the song has enjoyed newfound fame after featuring in the hit Netflix show Stranger Things. 

People loved it so much the second time around that earlier this month it reached number 1 for the first time. 

Speaking about the song’s resurgence, the musician took to her website to make a rare public statement

She said: “You might’ve heard that the first part of the fantastic, gripping new series of Stranger Things has recently been released on Netflix. 

“It features the song, Running Up That Hill, which is being given a whole new lease of life by the young fans who love the show- I love it too!”

She continues: “Because of this, Running Up That Hill is charting around the world and has entered the UK at No.8. It’s all really exciting! Thanks very much to everyone who has supported the song. I wait with bated breath for the rest of the series in July. Best Wishes, Kate.”

Previously, the title for oldest female artist to get a No.1 on the singles charts was held by Cher, who was 52 when her hit Believe topped the charts in 1998. 

When news came that Bush had beaten her record at the age of 63, the singer took to Twitter to congratulate her. 

She wrote:  “Bravo Kate. Records are meant to be broken!! Remember back in the day, when women had SHORT SELL BY DATES!? We had 2 fight our way through the testosterone curtain & we did it so the girls who came after us could sing as long as they want to. With Mega Respect, Me.”

This comes as the second volume of season 4 Stranger Things premieres on Netflix today, where the song is expected to feature some more.