Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" is the latest older song to have a resurgence thanks to the way new and old songs alike go viral on social media platforms like TikTok. Kate's 1985 classic first got a push due to the way it was used in a new episode of Stranger Things (which also helped Metallica's "Master of Puppets" re-enter the charts), and then TikTok -- where Kate's 1980 song "Babooshka" also went viral to a lesser extent in 2021 -- kept the momentum going. The song topped the charts in the UK and eight other countries, and it re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, peaking at No. 4, making it the highest-charting Kate Bush song in America ever.
In the case of "Running Up That Hill," this resurgence feels like a success that's been much-deserved for decades. Kate Bush was already one of the most inventive artists of her time, though her commercial success never quite matched her critical acclaim. Her music has continued to sound futuristic over the years, and she's influenced so many other artists, including but not limited to Björk, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Perfume Genius, Zola Jesus, Julia Holter, FKA twigs, and Halsey. Her resurgence may be inducing nostalgia for some, but there are clearly a lot of people who are experiencing "Running Up That Hill" for the first time (it's truly a 2022 Song of the Summer contender). "Running Up That Hill" finally becoming a genuinely huge pop hit is the type of thing we wish we could see even more of; it's so deserved.