Kate Bush‘s deal with Stranger Things has landed her on Spotify’s year-end charts.
The U.K. artist’s 1985 single “Running Up That Hill” was named the streaming platform’s #1 most-played “throwback song” of 2022, which is defined as a track released more than 20 years ago.
“Running Up That Hill” saw a huge revival this year after being featured in the fourth season of Stranger Things. Following its placement in the Netflix sci-fi show, the song ran all the way to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 — a career first for Bush — and #1 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart. It’s newfound success even led the normally press-shy Bush to give a rare interview.
Spotify’s other most-streamed throwback songs include Coldplay‘s “Yellow” and Nirvana‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” as well as Eminem‘s “The Real Slim Shady” and Coolio‘s “Gangsta’s Paradise.” Additionally, Bush’s Hounds of Love, which includes “Running Up That Hill,” was the second-most streamed throwback album. Coldplay’s Parachutes was #3, and The Beatles‘ best-of compilation 1 was #5.
Meanwhile, Glass Animals‘ “Heat Waves” was the second-most streamed song on Spotify in the U.S. and globally in 2022. While not quite the throwback “Running Up That Hill” is, “Heat Waves” was originally released in 2020 but hit #1 on the Hot 100 this year, and eventually broke the record for most weeks on the chart.
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