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Song of the day for March 28, 2024

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Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush is today’s featured song.

On this date in 2014 tickets for her first live shows in 35 years sold out in less than 15 minutes. The Before the Dawn concerts, which were booked to take place this August and September, marked the singer’s first return to the stage since The Tour Of Life in 1979. Demand was so high that the singer’s own website, as well as some ticket-selling sites, crashed as people tried to log on.

This song also became popular again in May 2022 after it was featured repeatedly in the fourth season of the Netflix series Stranger Things. Bush rarely allows her songs to be licensed, but agreed because she is a fan of the show.

The song subsequently appeared on several national charts, and reached number one in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The single was Bush’s second UK number one after “Wuthering Heights” in 1978, making her the solo artist with the longest gap between two number one singles on the chart; the 37-year gap between the single’s release and it reaching number one was also a chart record. She also became the oldest female artist to have a number one on the UK charts at the age of 63 years and 11 months.

In the United States, “Running Up That Hill” reached a peak of number three on the Hot 100 chart; this bettered its 1985 peak of number 30, which was previously Bush’s highest placement on the chart. The song also charted on Billboard‘s rock and Alternative Airplay charts, and peaked at number one on both Hot Alternative Songs and Hot Rock & Alternative Songs. Bush described the renewed interest in her song as “just extraordinary” and “very touching, actually.”

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