Running Up That Hill

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"Running Up That Hill", titled "Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)" on some releases, is a song by the British singer and songwriter Kate Bush. It was released in the United Kingdom as the lead single from Bush's album Hounds of Love on 5 August 1985 by EMI Records.[6] The lyrics imagine a scenario in which a man and a woman make "a deal with God" to exchange places. Bush wrote and produced "Running Up That Hill" using a Fairlight CMI synthesiser and a LinnDrum drum machine.

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"Running Up That Hill"
Single by Kate Bush
from the album Hounds of Love
B-side"Under the Ivy"
Released5 August 1985 (1985-08-05)
Songwriter(s)Kate Bush
Producer(s)Kate Bush
Kate Bush singles chronology
"Night of the Swallow"
"Running Up That Hill"
Music video
"Running Up That Hill" on YouTube
Audio sample

Upon its original release, "Running Up That Hill" reached number three on the UK Singles Chart and number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and was Bush's first US Top 40 hit. Bush first performed it live in 1987 at the Secret Policeman's Third Ball, accompanied by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour; she did not perform it again until her 2014 Before the Dawn concerts. Other appearances were promotional lip synced television performances, which were common at the time.

In 2012, a remix of the song featuring newly recorded vocals premiered during that year's Summer Olympics closing ceremony, and entered the UK top 10 for one week, at number six.

In 2022, "Running Up That Hill" received renewed attention when it was featured in the fourth season of the Netflix series Stranger Things. Its appearance led to the song's resurgence on charts around the world,[7][8] topping the charts in eight countries, including the United Kingdom for three consecutive weeks, Ireland for seven consecutive weeks[9] and Australia for nine non-consecutive weeks.[10] The song also reached a new peak of number three on the Billboard Hot 100.[11]