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Meg Myers’ & Placebo’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ Covers Return to Billboard Charts

Both renditions resurge thanks to renewed interest in Kate Bush's original via its sync in 'Stranger Things.

Kate Bush‘s original “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” isn’t the only version of her 1985 classic to appear on the Billboard charts dated June 11, as a pair of covers of the tune reach the Alternative Digital Song Sales list.

Meg Myers‘ 2019 rendition re-enters the chart at No. 10 with 1,200 downloads sold in the May 27-June 2 tracking week, while Placebo‘s 2003 take returns at No. 18 with 800 sold, according to Luminate. The versions soar by 3,240% and 1,897% in sales, respectively, from May 20-26.


As previously reported, Bush’s original rules the latest tally thanks to 18,300 downloads sold, a 29,453% blast from a nominal total. It returns to multiple June 11-dated charts sparked by its prominent sync in the fourth season of Netflix’s Stranger Things, which premiered May 27.

Myers’ “Hill” initially reached the chart for eight weeks in late 2019/early 2020, peaking at No. 17. Placebo’s “Hill,” meanwhile, last appeared for one week – 11 years to the day, on the June 11, 2011, survey – at its No. 15 high.

Myers’ rendition also makes Rock Digital Song Sales, revisiting its best rank at No. 15.

In addition to their sales success, both tracks sport streaming gains. Myers’ version earned 709,000 official U.S. streams in the latest tracking week, up 442% from 131,000, while Placebo’s accumulated 375,000 streams, up 363% from 81,000.

Placebo’s version bubbled under the U.S.-based Billboard Hot 100 in 2007 following its inclusion in The OC‘s fourth-season premiere. Myers’ update hit No. 1 on Billboard‘s Alternative Airplay chart for two weeks in February 2020, capping a record 42-week rise to the summit.

As previously reported, Bush’s “Hill” bounds back onto the Hot 100 at No. 8, a new high after it originally reached No. 30 in November 1985.