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post Aug 30 2014, 12:48 PM
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Kate Bush’s Official Top 20 Most Downloaded Songs Revealed
30/08/2014
By Justin Myers



To celebrate her return to live performing after a 35-year break, we count down Kate Bush’s biggest selling downloads.

They’re the live shows no Kate Bush fan thought would ever happen, and few even dared to dream about. Since she announced her run of Before The Dawn shows in March 2014, Kate Bush fever has swept the nation, with tickets for the 22 nights becoming the most sought-after event of the year. Kate began her sell-out gigs this Tuesday, an emotional moment for fans of the famously private star.

As fans are enthralled by her relatively hit-free setlist and show-stopping performance and Kate enjoys renewed success on the Official Albums Chart, we take a look at Kate’s hugest tracks to see which classic songs you’ve been downloading.

Will her early hits still have sales power in the digital age, or have Kate’s more modern releases overtaken the songs that made Kate a star?

1: Wuthering Heights (1978)
It’s only fitting that the song that started our love affair with Kate should come out on top. Kate’s debut single was based on the classic novel by Emily Bronte, a violent tale of unrequited love, jealousy and quite a lot of death.

Legend has it that Kate hadn’t even read the book when she wrote the song, but, unlike us in our English Literature exam, she got away with it. Kate was just 19 when she topped the Official Singles Chart with Wuthering Heights; it would stay firmly at the top for four weeks.

PEAK POSITION: 1

CHART FACT: Wuthering Heights knocked off none other than Abba’s Take A Chance On Me to claim the Official Singles Chart throne.

2: Running Up That Hill (1985)
The lead single from Kate’s fifth studio album, Hounds Of Love was her highest chart peak since Wuthering Heights, and gave her a fifth Top 10. Its parent album gave Kate her second Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, spending three weeks at the top, knocking off Madonna’s Like A Virgin.

PEAK POSITION: Number 3. Interestingly, Kate has not charted higher than Number 3 since.

CHART FACT: A remix of Running Up That Hill was arranged for the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, complete with new vocals. Upon release, this remix charted at Number 6, and is Kate’s most recent hit to date.

3: This Woman’s Work (1989)
Specially composed for John Hughes movie She’s Having A Baby, this haunting ballad gave Kate her 17th Top 40 hit. Thanks to its use in numerous TV programmes and movies since its original release, This Woman’s Work finds itself as Kate’s third most popular download. The song was included on Kate’s seventh Top 10 album The Sensual World.

PEAK POSITION: Number 25

CHART FACT: This Woman’s Work was covered by US R&B singer Maxwell, but landed just outside the Top 40 in the UK.

4: Don’t Give Up (1986)
Kate’s duet with former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel was a sixth Top 10 hit for Kate, and Peter’s third solo Top 10. It's been said Dolly Parton was originally approached to record the song with Peter, but when she declined, it was Kate’s opportunity to make the song her own.

Peter and Kate went back a long way – Kate had provided backing vocals for Peter’s self-titled 1980 album. Lots of artists have covered the song, including Sinead O’Connor, Alicia Keys and Bono, but only Peter & Kate’s version has made the Top 40.

PEAK POSITION: Number 9

CHART FACT: Only one more Top 10 followed for Peter, 1993’s Steam. Don’t Give Up was Kate’s last Top 10 hit for 18 years, when King Of The Mountain broke the drought in 2005.

5: Babooshka (1980)
One of Kate’s catchiest and most famous songs is this tale of jealousy, betrayal and deception. Returning Kate to the Top 5, Babooshka tells the story of a wife who tests her husband’s loyalty by pretending to be a younger woman, the Babooshka of the title.

In Russian, ‘babushka’ actually means ‘grandma’, but Kate didn’t know that at the time. As the Official Singles Chart is about music and not Russian vocab, it didn't matter a jot! Babooshka was her biggest hit from Never For Ever, her third album and first chart-topper.

PEAK POSITION: Number 5

CHART FACT: Babooshka was Kate’s last Top 10 hit for five years.

6: The Man With The Child In His Eyes (1978)
Released as Kate’s second single, The Man With The Child In His Eyes was actually written when she was 13. It reached Number 6.

7: Cloudbusting (1985)
Landing in seventh place, Running Up That Hill’s follow-up reached Number 20, but was given another chance at chart success thanks to a very famous sample.

Leeds’ electronic group Utah Saints borrowed from Cloudbusting for their second single Something Good, which reached Number 4 in 1992 and, when remixed in 2008, hit the Top 10 again – hitting Number 8.

8: Hounds Of Love (1985)
The title track to Kate’s hit album peaked at Number 18 on its original release, but when covered by Futureheads in 2005 finally found its way into the Top 10, landing at Number 8.

9. King Of The Mountain (2005)
Kate’s big comeback in 2005 finally returned her to the Top 10 after an 18-year gap. The lead single from Aerial, King Of The Mountain was Kate’s first chart hit since And So Is Love reached Number 26 back in 1994. King Of The Mountain reached Number 4.

10: Army Dreamers (1980)
The third and final single from Kate’s Number 1 album Never For Ever, Army Dreamers tells the tale of a mother mourning the loss of her son at war. It peaked at Number 16.

Take a look at Kate’s official most downloaded songs from 11–20.

TRACK PEAK POSITION YEAR OF RELEASE
11 WOW 14 1979
12 WILD MAN 73 2011
13 LYRA N/A 2007
14 BREATHING 16 1980
15 THE SENSUAL WORLD 12 1989
16 DEEPER UNDERSTANDING N/A 2011
17 RUBBERBAND GIRL 12 1993
18 THEM HEAVY PEOPLE N/A 1978
19 MOMENTS OF PLEASURE 26 1993
20 THE BIG SKY 37 1987

© 2014 The Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.
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post Aug 30 2014, 12:52 PM
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No surprises about the Top 3 in that order, nor about the songs in the Top 10.

Absolutely love 'Wuthering Heights', 'Running Up That Hill', 'This Woman's Work' and 'The Man With the Child in His Eyes'. wub.gif
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post Aug 30 2014, 12:55 PM
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Aside from the obvious top 3, all of which I adore, it's fab to see Cloudbusting that high wub.gif Rubberband Girl is another fave of mine I've really got back into recently but I can understand why that's lower down the list.
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Completely surprised 'Running Up That Hill' is not leading after its 2012 entry. ohmy.gif Also I swear I sometimes see it higher up than 'Wuthering Heights' anyway on iTunes.
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Yeah, I'm not at all surprised by what the Top 3 are but I am surprised by the order. 'This Woman's Work' seems to rechart more often, and 'Running Up That Hill' recharted higher - I presume they are combining the version, otherwise they'd surely both be in the T10 anyway?

Glad to see 'Army Dreamers' in there as well.
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It's good to see this list. Absolutely LOVE Kate Bush. My dad is also a big fan and he used to always play Wuthering Heights in the early 90s when I was just a toddler, it's the first song I remember. I bought The Whole Story this week because I realised I had no Kate Bush albums on CD. On my iPod thanks to my dad's collection, I have The Kick Inside, Never For Ever, Hounds Of love and The Sensual World.
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QUOTE(The Hit Parade @ Aug 30 2014, 03:03 PM) *
Yeah, I'm not at all surprised by what the Top 3 are but I am surprised by the order. 'This Woman's Work' seems to rechart more often, and 'Running Up That Hill' recharted higher - I presume they are combining the version, otherwise they'd surely both be in the T10 anyway?


This Woman's Work only tends to re-chart around Christmas though - I'm guessing Wuthering Heights is the more stable year-round seller?
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So no 'Sat in Your Lap' in the top 20 then despite it reaching no.11. This has always seemed to me to be one of Kate's forgotten hits and perhaps that not surprising as it's rather bizzare even by her standards. The video is very weird!
It's one of my favourite tracks of hers anyway.


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QUOTE(Col1967 @ Aug 31 2014, 10:40 AM) *
So no 'Sat in Your Lap' in the top 20 then despite it reaching no.11. This has always seemed to me to be one of Kate's forgotten hits and perhaps that not surprising as it's rather bizzare even by her standards. The video is very weird!


That and of course even people who do know the song won't necessarily know what it's called. I didn't realise for years after seeing the video.

Since I was looking it up anyway, Col's not joking about it being weird...
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Too bad it doesn't include sales - the last set of sales I saw for This Woman's Work were around 80,000 digital copies I believe? I think Music Week had it in one of their newsletters when it recharted.

The ones below that must be pretty poor considering Lyra that never charted and I can't imagine it being a consistent seller (I forgot it existed) reached #13 on that chart...
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I'll post this here as well as it's relevant:

The albums

Here's what I have!

THE KICK INSIDE- 938,000
LIONHEART- 305,000
NEVER FOR EVER- 373,000
THE DREAMING- 142,000
HOUNDS OF LOVE- 982,000
THE WHOLE STORY- 1,694,000
SENSUAL WORLD- 520,000
THE RED SHOES- 296,000
AERIAL- 412,000
DIRECTORS CUT- 86,000
50 WORDS FOR SNOW- 155,000
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^If they're all correct, then Kate's record company seemed to have been slacking when it came to getting the albums' certifications updated by the BPI!

The Kick Inside, for instance, is only certified Platinum (300k) when it should be 3x Platinum.

But thank you for posting Gezza, Kate's been a great album seller! I wonder what went wrong with The Dreaming album/era?
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QUOTE(liamk97 @ Aug 31 2014, 01:27 PM) *
^If they're all correct, then Kate's record company seemed to have been slacking when it came to getting the albums' certifications updated by the BPI!

The Kick Inside, for instance, is only certified Platinum (300k) when it should be 3x Platinum.

Apparently (I'm not an expert on 70s sales) it sold 480,000 in the 70s alone (thanks to MJDangerous for the estimate)
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QUOTE(liamk97 @ Aug 31 2014, 12:27 PM) *
But thank you for posting Gezza, Kate's been a great album seller! I wonder what went wrong with The Dreaming album/era?


She just went too weird, even by her standards, see Sat In Your Lap above and then:



I love the album, but she impersonates a mule on it! HEE-HAAW!!


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Isn't Lyra from a soundtrack album? That might have helped trickle sales, especially since it's not on any of her albums. Though I agree it's unlikely to be a massive seller.
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QUOTE(tommie @ Aug 31 2014, 03:42 PM) *
She just went too weird, even by her standards, see Sat In Your Lap above and then:



I love the album, but she impersonates a mule on it! HEE-HAAW!!


Aw I like that song too, although it is a bit ruined by her awful attempt at an Australian accent. It ends up more Swindon than Sydney.
Still I agree on the general point though, the album was released quite a while after 'Sat In Your Lap' and the other two singles from it flopped.
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I love the album as a whole laugh.gif

But Sat In Your Lap was released over a year before The Dreaming (the single & album) came out and There Goes a Tenner of course never even charted and all further UK releases were canned. So I'd say a 142 000 in sales is impressive, though I gather most of those must've happened over the years.
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It's AERIAL not ARIEL. This common mistake is infuriating. Lyra peaked at 187.
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Aerial did quite well.
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All of my favourite singles (of which there are many) are in there!
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