Kate Bush reaches new heights as Running Up That Hill is UK’s biggest summer hit


Kate Bush’s record-breaking hit Running Up That Hill was the biggest UK song of the summer of 2022, according to the Official Charts Company.

Originally released in 1985 as the lead track from his album Hounds Of Love, the new-wave song enjoyed a resurgence in worldwide popularity after being featured in the fourth series of Stranger Things.

The song recorded 762,000 charting units during the summer period from the first week of June to the last week of August, the Official Charts Company said.

It also had the most streams of any song this summer with 86.6 million and the most digital downloads with over 42,000.

In June, the British singer-songwriter broke a trio of records with the song, including the longest time for a single to reach number one, after the 1980s track finally reached number one. place 37 years after its release.

She also won the title for the longest gap between number one singles, as her only other chart-topping moment was 44 years ago with her debut single, Wuthering Heights, in 1978.

Rounding out her trio of records, the song’s summer success made her the oldest female artist to ever score a number one in the UK, as she was 63 at the time.

The song’s revival meant that Bush saw competition from music superstars such as Harry Styles, George Ezra and Beyonce in the official summer 2022 song chart.

Styles landed second on the summer charts with his hit As It Was, which holds the longest-running number-one single of the year to date.

The former One Direction singer also ranked number 10 with Late Night Talking and number 22 for Music For A Sushi Restaurant.

LF System’s Afraid To Feel takes third place while Ezra’s Green Green Grass takes fourth place.

London-born singer-songwriter Cat Burns’ Go came in at number five, American singer Lizzo’s About Damn Time at number six and David Guetta, Becky Hill and Ella Henderson’s Crazy What Love Can Do at number seven.

The first single from Beyonce Renaissance’s new album, titled Break My Soul, took eighth place and Burna Boy’s Last Last took ninth place.


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