Kate Bush Gets Three Guinness World Records with ‘Running Up That Hill’ Resurgence
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With the resurgence of “Running Up That Hill,” Kate Bush just experienced a comeback and now holds three Guinness World Records.
Bush’s work was introduced to a whole modern audience thanks to the track’s prominent placement in the most recent Stranger Things season. The UK Singles Chart is currently topped by “Running Up That Hill,” which is edging out rivals like Harry Styles, Beyoncé, and George Ezra.
Guinness World Records lists Bush for breaking several records, including the oldest female artist to ever top the UK’s Official Singles Chart, the longest duration of a song to hold that position, and the longest gap between number ones in British chart history.
Cher previously held the record for the oldest solo female UK singles chart-topper with “Believe,” which she released in 1998 at the age of 52. Bush has since received praise from the American icon for surpassing it. Cher said:
“Bravo Kate. Records are meant 2 be broken!!”
“Remember back in the day, when women had short sell by dates!? We had 2 fight our way through the testosterone curtain, & we did it so the girls who came after us could sing as long as they want to. With mega respect.”
Surprisingly, it took “Running Up That Hill” 36 years and 310 days to become the UK’s number-one song. The record is previously held by Wham’s “Last Christmas,” which was published in 1984 and took 36 years and 23 days to reach the top spot in the charts in January 2021.
Additionally, the song marks Bush’s first leading hit since “Wuthering Heights” in 1978. The longest time between chart-topping songs belonged to Tom Jones, who had “Green, Green Grass Of Home” in 1967 and “Barry Islands In The Stream,” a charity record, in 2009.