“It’s unbelievable. The whole world has gone a little crazy, hasn’t it?” Bush said in a recent interview with the BBC about the success of Running Up That Hill. Due to the prominent use of the song in the Netflix series Stranger Things a new generation of listeners discovered the 1985 song, featured on Bush’s fifth album Hounds of Love was standing.
Running Up That Hill reached the top of the charts – a record 37 years after its release – in both its home country of Britain and the United States. Data agency Luminate calculated what the revenue would be from the enormous increase in the number of streams of the song. It is estimated that Bush would have earned about 2.2 million euros in recent weeks.
Drie Guinness World Records
The revaluation of Running Up That Hill also earns Bush three Guinness World Records, including the above record for the longest time for a song to top the charts. Bush takes over that title from Wham!, which finally reached number one with Last Christmas from 1984 in January 2021. Bush also holds the record for the most time between No. 1 hits for one artist. In 1978 the singer reached the top of the charts with her debut single Wuthering Heights and since then she has not been able to do that, until now. Bush takes over this record from Tom Jones.
The third Guinness World Record is for the oldest singer with a number 1 hit. Until now, that title was in the hands of Cher, who reached the top in 1998 as a 52-year-old with Believe. Cher congratulated Bush, who is 63 years old, on Twitter. “Bravo Kate! Records are made to be broken!” she wrote. “Remember when women had limited expiration dates? We had to fight our way through a curtain of testosterone, and we did that so the girls after us could sing for as long as they wanted.”