Kate Bush returns to the latest Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated June 11), as her classic 1985 single “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” re-enters the ranking at No. 8, far outpacing its original No. 30 peak.
The track’s revival can be attributed to a swirl of new interest thanks to its prominent placement in the fourth season of Netflix’s Stranger Things, which premiered May 27.
How rare is it for a song to re-enter the Hot 100 all the way up in the top 10? Pretty rare. In the 63-year history of the chart, “Running Up That Hill” is just the eighth song to return directly in the top 10.
Generally, songs make steady runs up and down the Hot 100, though in more recent years, it’s become more common for titles to debut at high ranks thanks to splashy streaming starts and then decline, with many also regaining their footing on the chart as their radio airplay solidifies.
(Notably, Hot 100 rules prevent most catalog titles from returning or debuting if below No. 50. Descending titles are removed from the Hot 100 after 20 weeks on the chart if below No. 50 or after 52 weeks if below No. 25. In order to re-enter after a song has gone recurrent, it must garner enough chart points, with a notable reason for its re-entry, as opposed to a not uncommon one-week uptick that could rank it back in the top 25 or 50.)
This is all to say that, for older titles, it’s difficult to re-enter the Hot 100 and compete with current songs generating hefty radio airplay. It’s even tougher to re-enter in the top 10 – an alignment reflected by the timing of Stranger Things‘ new season, which prominently features “Running Up That Hill” in multiple episodes, at the start of the May 27-June 2 chart tracking week, as opposed to, say, a more steady campaign or confluence of factors that could’ve resulted in the song re-entering at a lower rank and making its way toward the top 10 more gradually. We see the latter type of movement each holiday season, as Christmas tunes often re-enter just above No. 50, with the biggest carols rising to the top 10 by the end of the holiday season.
The select songs that have achieved the feat of re-entering the Hot 100 in the top 10 have, for the most part, generated newfound interest after artists were prominently in the news, performed on massive stages or released a new version of a song or, like Bush this week, scored a notable sync.
Here’s a look at all eight hits that have re-entered the Hot 100 in the top 10, listed chronologically.
Additional reporting by Gary Trust
Artist Billing, Title, Chart Date (Hot 100 Re-entry Rank):