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The Fierce Comeback of Kate Bush’s 80s single “Running Up that Hill"

How Stranger Things: Volume 4 has blown up Kate Bush's 80s hit single "Running Up that Hill."

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Despite the show's many mysteries, it’s no surprise that when Stranger Things joined Netflix in 2016, it became an instant hit with people of all ages all over the world. In its opening season, Stranger Things followed an adult, a high-school, and a middle school plot, uniquely creating a show that captured the attention of parents and kids alike. Placed in the suburban US town of Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s, Will Byers (played by Noah Schnapp) goes missing under suspicious circumstances, an event that coincides with the random appearance of a young girl, Eleven (played by Millie Bobby Brown) who has escaped from a secret lab with powers. The sci-fi and fantastical plot is not only captivating, but believable and addictive.

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As I, and so many watchers, have grown with the show, so has its cast and audience. Characters added to later seasons like Max (played by Sadie Sink) and Robin (played by Maya Hawke) launched even more names into fame and drew in more people to see just what all the buzz was about.

When the second half of Stranger Things: Volume 4 was released and binge-watched on July 1, everyone was already well attuned to the show's influence and likability, and therefore its ability to create and set trends, the most prominent impact being the comeback of 80s music, in particular, Kate Bush’s "Running up that Hill", from the album Hounds of Love.

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The song was released in 1985, a whole 37 years ago, making it even more impressive that it currently sits at Spotify’s no. 3 position in global listens and no. 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 List. Its original popularity comes from the iconic scene in Chapter 4: Dear Billy of Volume Four where Maxine is trapped, nearly dead in the "Upside Down." In order to help her escape, her gang of friends plays this song on repeat. The music draws her back to safety and after proving its power, Maxine keeps her headphones on or close by for the rest of the season, "Running Up that Hill," becoming the character's and then the whole team’s anthem for the rest of the season.