In season 4, volume 1 of the Netflix series, Max (Sadie Sink) managed to save herself from Vecna by listening to Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God). The suspenseful and emotional scene is one of the highlights of the season so far, leading fans to wonder what song would be their own personal salvation from the villain. Luckily for them, a few days before volume 2 drops, Spotify launched the Upside Down Playlist to help audiences answer that question.
What is Spotify’s Upside Down Playlist?
The Upside Down Playlist takes some of your favorite songs and mixes them with a handful of Stranger Things classics to create a vibe strong enough to ward off Hawkins’ most fearsome foe this season. The show explained in a tweet that the first song on the list is your savior song.
wanna know what songs would save YOU from vecna? head to your Upside Down Playlist on @Spotify to find out[https://t.co/rZ10wCJ6tA] pic.twitter.com/N3KOU3ohSK
? the first Song on the list = your savior song ?
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) June 29, 2022
What is Running Up That Hill about?
Written and produced by Bush as the lead single for her 1985 album Hounds of Love, the song Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) is about a relationship between a man and a woman, and the insecurities the get in the way.
“It’s saying if the man could be the woman and the woman the man, if they could make a deal with God, to change places, that they’d understand what it’s like to be the other person and perhaps it would clear up misunderstandings. You know, all the little problems; there would be no problem,” Bush said of the song back when it was debuted. “I was trying to say that, really, a man and a woman can’t understand each other because we are a man and a woman. And if we could actually swap each other’s roles, if we could actually be in each other’s place for a while, I think we’d both be very surprised!”
Whether or not the song perfectly relates to what Max is going through in season 4 of Stranger Things, the character’s abovementioned key moment resulted in the track’s massive cultural resurgence, according to Spotify. On May 30th, following the show’s season 4 premiere, Spotify streams of the ‘80s new-wave hit increased by more than 8,700% globally and 9,900% in the U.S., making it the first catalog track to have ever earned a spot in Spotify’s flagship Today’s Top Hits playlist.
“Great music is timeless and Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) is now a bigger hit today than it was when it was released in 1985. New audiences (particularly amongst younger listeners) around the world who are discovering and sharing the song are driving massive stream counts and engagement on Spotify,” Sulinna Ong, Spotify’s Global Head of Editorial, told For the Record. “And whilst Today’s Top Hits normally reflects the latest releases, we felt strongly that we needed to make a first-of-its-kind exception as we are witnessing a truly unique cultural phenomenon.”
What does Kate Bush think of her song’s renewed popularity?
In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour earlier this month, Bush said that her song’s renewed popularity is pretty shocking.
“It’s just extraordinary. I mean, it’s such a great series, I thought that the track would get some attention, but I never imagined that it would be anything like this,” Bush shared. “It’s so exciting. It’s quite shocking really, isn’t it? The whole world’s gone mad … What’s really wonderful is that this is a whole new audience who in a lot of cases haven’t heard of me, and I love that. The thought of all these young people hearing this song for the first time and discovering it, well, I think it’s very special.”
Bush continued, “I think they put it in a really special place. I thought, ‘What a lovely way for [Running Up That Hill] to be used,’ in such a positive way. As a kind of talisman almost, for Max. I think it’s really touching, really.”
When will Stranger Things season 4, volume 2 come out?
The final two episodes of Stranger Things season 4 arrives on Netflix on July 1st. Check out the trailer for the new volume below: