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Kate Bush Is Now Both The Youngest And Oldest Woman To Have A Self-Written UK Number One

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Kate Bush Is Now Both The Youngest And Oldest Woman To Have A Self-Written UK Number One

Kate Bush is now both the youngest and the oldest woman to have a self-written UK number one song - and it’s all thanks to Stranger Things

Well, that and her incredible song-writing skills. 

You see, the British singer topped the UK singles chart for four weeks with her debut single Wuthering Heights back in 1978. 

She was just 19 years old, making her the first female to achieve a number one in the country with a song she’d written herself. 

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Kate Bush was just 19 when her record Wuthering Heights topped the UK charts. Credit: EMI
Kate Bush was just 19 when her record Wuthering Heights topped the UK charts. Credit: EMI

Fast forward to the present day and, unless you’ve been off-grid for the past month, you will have noticed Bush’s name in the headlines of late.

The reason being that her 1985 hit Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) featured in volume one of Stranger Things’ fourth season, which dropped on Netflix on 27 May. 

Since then, the track has been topping the charts across the world as an entirely new generation of listeners become obsessed with the singer’s music - decades after it was released. 

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With the song’s newfound success, it’s now landed the top spot in the British charts.

As well as breaking the record for the longest time taken for a single to achieve this milestone, Bush is 63 years old, meaning she’s now also the oldest woman to have a self-written UK number one. 

This interesting tidbit was pointed out by Twitter user @Kissofseedcakes, who shared a picture of the star in her music video for the song.

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They wrote: “Kate Bush is currently the youngest (19, Wuthering Heights) and oldest (63, Running Up That Hill) female artist to have a UK Number 1 with a self written song!”

Commenting on the post, one person said: “Just goes to show that talent has no age limits. Kate Bush at 63 is beautiful and an extraordinary talent, one can never tire of her music.”

“With all this attention 99% of singers/celebs would be hawking themselves all over the media now,” wrote another. “Not Kate. So cool.”

A third said: “Stranger Things reviving songs from the 80s is such a vibe.”

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Since the track’s recent upswell in popularity, Bush made a rare public comment on the matter, thanking the fans and saying she has been 'overwhelmed by the scale of affection and support'.

As for its use in Stranger Things, Bush praised the show's creators, the Duffer Brothers, for 'bringing the song into so many people’s lives'.

Running Up That Hill is Max's favourite song in Stranger Things. Credit: Netflix
Running Up That Hill is Max's favourite song in Stranger Things. Credit: Netflix

“I salute the Duffer Brothers for their courage – taking this new series into a much more adult and darker place,” she said. 

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“I want to thank them so much for bringing the song into so many people’s lives.

“I’m overwhelmed by the scale of affection and support the song is receiving, and it’s all happening really fast, as if it’s being driven along by a kind of elemental force.

“I have to admit I feel really moved by it all. Thank you so very much for making the song a No 1 in such an unexpected way.”

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Stranger Things, Netflix, Music

Daisy Phillipson
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