Kate Bush today as Stranger Things pushes her 1985 hit Running Up That Hill back up charts

Kate Bush's hit song Running Up That Hill has suddenly made a massive comeback, soaring through the charts, and it's all thanks to Netflix's Stranger Things.

The first part of the fourth season of the show sees a new threat come to town as Vecna uses his mind to reach the teens of Hawkins – killing them as a means to create the gateways from the Upside Down to their world.

Luckily, clever Nancy Wheeler discovers a means to pull potential victims out of Vecna's grasp by playing their favourite song as a means to anchor them back in reality.

Running Up That Hill becomes one of the key songs played throughout the series as it is Max Mayfield's favourite hit to listen to following the death of her stepbrother Billy in season three.

The resurgence of the song has reached a whole new generation of people decades after it was first released back in 1985 and has since gone viral across TikTok. It's now even reached the top of Spotify's daily songs chart in the UK.

But what ever happened to Kate Bush and where is she today? Here, OK! delves into her elusive life…

Who is Kate Bush?

Born in Bexleyheath, Kate was born on 30 July 1958. She grew up in a musical household as her mum Hannah was an amateur traditional Irish dancer, while her father Robert was an amateur pianist.

Meanwhile her brother Paddy worked as a musical instrument maker as he and brother John, a poet, were both involved in the local folk music scene.

After teaching herself the piano from the age of 11, playing the organ and studying the violin, she began composing her own music.

Kate burst onto the scene in 1978 just eight years later as she released her debut single Wuthering Heights, which topped the charts for four weeks. She became the very first female artist to achieve a UK number one with a self-written song, earning the respect of many.

Since then, she's released a further 25 UK Top 40 singles, including The Man with the Child in His Eyes, Babooshka, Running Up That Hill, Don't Give Up and King of the Mountain.

All of her 10 studio albums have also reached the UK Top 10 – making her the first British solo female artist to top the UK album charts as well as the first female artist to reach number one in these charts, too.

Her three number one albums are Never for Ever, released in 1980, Hounds of Love, released in 1985, and the compilation album The Whole Story, released the following year in 1986.

She's now experiencing a resurgence thanks to Stranger Things.

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Has Kate won any awards?

Kate has been nominated for many awards throughout her four-decade long career in the music industry. Nominated 13 times for the British Phonographic Industry award, she finally brought home trophy for Best British Female Artists in 1987.

Following a hiatus, Kate was given the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music in 2002. Meanwhile she's also been nominated for three Grammy Awards, but hasn't won one.

Kate was nominated for an International Press Academy's Satellite Award 2007 for original song in a motion picture as her single Lyra used in The Golden Compass.

In 2013, Kate was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year honours for her services to music.

She's also been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times, in 2018, 2021 and 2022.

Where is Kate now?

In March 2014, Kate announced her first live concerts in decades as she performed at the Hammersmith Apollo – which was her second official tour following her tour in 1979.

Four years later, she published her first book titled How to Be Invisible, which is a compilation of lyrics. Today, thanks to Stranger Things, she's been posting on her Instagram account again, promoting her vinyls, while captioning her posts with "Thanks for saving Max".

While she's all for promoting her work, she has keep her personal life fairly private. Kate married her guitarist husband Dan McIntosh in 1992 and the pair had one son together, Albert, in 1998. Their son has one IMDb credit as he starred in Kate Bush: Deeper Understanding back in 2011.

Kate credited her son, nicknamed Bertie, for giving her the courage to return to the stage eight years ago as she said: "Thank you, Bertie. It’s been a fantastic adventure so far. And it’s only just begun.”

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What have fans said?

Many have flocked to Twitter to share their thoughts on Kate Bush – ranging from those who grew up listening to her hits to those who have only just discovered her.

"Running Up That Hill has always been a banger, but I’m glad the young’uns are getting into Kate Bush because of #StrangerThings," one person wrote.

Another said: "Love how we now have a whole generation of kids listening to #KateBush after watching @Stranger_Things and asking their parents omg have you heard this song…#Iwasan80skid so of course".

A third shared: "AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO IS IN LOVE WITH RUNNING UP THAT HILL BY KATE BUSH".

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