Kate Bush reaches number one in the UK with Running That Hill after 37 years | Kate Bush

Kate Bush recorded Improbable and Inspiring #1 on the UK Singles Chart, with Run Up That Hill reaching the top 37 years after the song’s release.

The 1985 track broke into the domestic and international charts after being included in the hit Netflix series Weird things Last month, we’re introducing it to a new generation of fans.

Bosch broke three UK chart records with the number one spot. She is the oldest woman to top the list, while 37 years is the longest it took a song to reach number one, beating Wham!

Bush also has the longest gap between No. 1 singles, having passed 44 years since her debut, Wuthering Heights (the previous record holder was Tom Jones at 42). Running That Hill reached 3rd place when it was originally released.

“It’s hard to fathom how quickly all of this was happening,” said the 63-year-old. Statement on her website earlier this week. “Lots of young people who like the show [are] Discover the song for the first time.

“Reacting to Run Up That Hill is something that has its energy and will. A direct relationship between the shows and their audience and one that has held up completely outside of the music business. We were all stunned to watch the track explode!” The song is currently at number four in the US, its highest ranking of all time.

The success of the UK chart for Running Up That Hill – which currently generates around 575,000 plays per day on Spotify in the UK and more than 6 million hits per day on the platform globally – was buoyed by the concession last weekend of a rule that determines how old song streams are recorded, This sparked speculation that Bush opened the doors for more old songs to come back.

“Running on That Hill has changed things by itself as we know it,” pop music chart analyst James Masterton told the Guardian. “This is the first time in the broadcast era that the catalog back track has not only been automatically revived, but has maintained its popularity over a long period.”

Masterton added that while the Three Lions football anthem took first place again during Euro 2018, “it disappeared from our lives a week later as a passing fad”.

“The Kate Bush song has become a real and enduring hit, which is why it’s appropriate that the rules be waived in order for it to join contemporary releases on a level playing field. This is a real game-changer, as it sets a precedent for other classics to do the same if circumstances call for it.”

The “accelerated undo” rule that applies to older songs was introduced in 2017. With the evolution of broadcasting – and after apparently 15 weeks at #1 for Drake in 2016 – measures were taken to help the new tracks have a moment of glory in the charts . So, while a new song earns one “sale” for every 100 broadcasts, old songs must be streamed 200 times before one “discount” is counted.

Otherwise, songs like Killers’ Mr Brightside – released in 2003 – would still be in the Top 40, and Ed Sheeran Bad Habits would be in the top ten for its 47th week.

But the scales shifted last weekend when Bosch Music Records EMI requested a “manual reset” of broadcast ratios, which is available “in exceptional circumstances, where the track is scheduled for upgrade.” After that, her streams instantly doubled in value, allowing her to fly away from Harry Styles’ As It Was, ending his 10-week run in #1.

Martin Talbot, CEO of Official Charts, confirmed that the rules have not changed. He said, “Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill has been manually reset this week, a process available to all artists and often used by record companies during new campaign periods and surges of the genre.”

Bush’s success may cause brands to fight more for archival tracks at popular shows in an effort to replicate the moment, according to former NME editor and Forty-Five founder, Charlotte Gunn.

“Kate Bush is likable and so is Stranger Things. Fans have been raving about her for #1 because it’s such a touching story.”

“But even if more posters start asking for resets, I can’t see us switching to a permanent change that will see charts flooded with old tracks. I think all participants agree that overall, the charts should be for new releases and those who rule it will be Incredibly wary of any lasting change that would see the Beatles in the top 10 every week.”

Gan added that Bush managed to get to second place last week without the reset, because it is a prime example. “It shows the power of a popular show to reach a global audience and the role of soundtracks in creating that popularity.”

Only four other artists reached number one at a much later age than Bosch. Captain Sir Tom Moore is the oldest, at 99 years and 11 months, with his 2020 cover appearance You’ll Never Walk Alone. Elton John at 74, Tom Jones at 68, and Louis Armstrong at 66 complete the list.

Additional reporting by Ben Beaumont Thomas