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Stranger Things Boosts Classic 1985 Track To The Top Of iTunes Charts

Lisa McLoughlin

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Stranger Things Boosts Classic 1985 Track To The Top Of iTunes Charts

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Music icon Kate Bush can thank Netflix’s Stranger Things for getting her 1985 hit Running Up That Hill to number one on the iTunes chart.

The beloved sci-fi series returned for its fourth instalment on Friday (May 27), and features the eighties track from Bush’s double platinum album Hounds of Love heavily throughout.

The song is first heard in the first episode on Max Mayfield’s (Sadie Sink) Walkman, and continues to be a pivotal song for the character as the drama unfolds.

Not only has the song topped the iTunes chart, but it’s also overtaken Wuthering Heights on Spotify to become her most popular track on the service.

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Elsewhere, fans of the Stranger Things have wasted no time getting stuck in, and a lot of people have started pointing out the same thing.

Set in the '80s, the show follows a bunch of school kids as they explore supernatural goings-on in the fictional town of Hawkins.

The first series premiered back in 2016 and it's been the best part of three years since the last season – in large part to Covid-19.

As such, the cast are now a good six years older than they were to start out with, but in the show they're still school kids. Indeed, in the first season, some of the stars were only 12; whereas now, their ages range from 17 to 20.

Obviously then, they've changed quite a lot, and fans are having to suspend their disbelief.

Kate Bush's hit Running Up That Hill is top of iTunes thanks to Stranger Things. Credit: YouTube
Kate Bush's hit Running Up That Hill is top of iTunes thanks to Stranger Things. Credit: YouTube

Taking to Twitter, one person wrote: "How old are the Stranger Things kids supposed to be i forgot and now im like. these kids are not in high school [sic]."

Another said: "Why do all these new Stranger Things characters playing high school students look 30-40 years old."

A third added: "Watched a little Stranger Things before bed and this season has really captured that 80s feeling of all the high schoolers looking 27-years-old."

Come on guys – you were all cool with 'the Upside Down' and all that supernatural stuff, but a few crow's feet on a high school student and suddenly it's not believable?

The cast were, of course, aware of this issue too, and they've tried to work with it as best as they can.

Fans commented on how much the stars have changed. Credit: Netflix
Fans commented on how much the stars have changed. Credit: Netflix

In an interview with Today, 19-year-old Gaten Matarazzo (who plays Dustin Henderson) said: "It's something we're always thinking about, but it's something we work with pretty well I think.

"The characters are at transitional periods in their lives... it's crazy to see what all of us looked like when we first started."

Noah Schnapp, 17, who plays Will Byers, added: "I remember in season two they told me you need to lower the pitch of your voice, you have to speak at a different level and stand shorter, I was like, 'I can't do that, I'm not like that anymore'."

You can watch the first volume of season four now, with the second volume – comprised of two film-length episodes – due to be released on 1 July on Netflix.

Topics: TV and Film, Stranger Things

Lisa McLoughlin
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