Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” sets new ‘Billboard’ record in return to Alternative Airplay chart

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Kate Bush‘s “Running Up That Hill” is running up yet another chart.

The English artist’s 1985 song, which has seen a resurgence over the past few weeks thanks to a placement in the newly-premiered fourth season of Netflix’s Stranger Things, is now ascending Billboard‘s Alternative Airplay chart, debuting on the tally at #26.

“Running Up That Hill” now gives Bush her first entry on the Alternative Airplay chart in 28 years, having last appeared on the ranking in 1994 with the song “Rubberband Girl.”

That gap — which spans almost the entirety of the chart’s 34-year history — now sets the record for the longest wait between Alternative Airplay appearances. That easily clears the previous high-water mark set by Blondie‘s Debbie Harry, whose last two logs on Alternative Airplay — the solo song “Kiss It Better” in 1990 and a feature on the Just Loud track “Soul Train” in 2018 — came nearly 19 years apart.

Bush’s accomplishment is even more impressive if you don’t count appearances by featured artists. The previous record for longest gap between Alternative Airplay entries for a lead artist belonged to Chris Cornell, who, as a solo act, took 16 years between charting in 1999 with “Can’t Change Me” and returning in 2015 with “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart.”

Meanwhile, “Running Up That Hill” hit the top five on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 this week, a first for any Kate Bush song. The often press-shy singer has issued several public statements commenting on the song’s newfound popularity, most recently sharing that she’s “never experienced anything quite like this before.”

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