The Transcendent Songs of Kate Bush: Top Covers

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In a resurgence tied to the Netflix show Stranger Things, Kate’s 1985 single "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)," set all sorts of chart records.

But there is much, much, much more to Kate Bush than this one hit song.

On this week's new Totally 80's podcast episode, host Lyndsey Parker (Yahoo Entertainment Music Editor), took a deep dive into Kate's discography and legacy with author and NPR music critic Ann Powers and rising recording artist and icon from Ru Paul's Drag Race Ginny Lemon. Along with Ginny Lemon discussing Chesney Hawke's unreleased take on "Cloudbusting," here was the trio's thoughts on the best Kate Song covers by other artists.


Maxwell - "This Woman's Work" (2001): Originally featured on the soundtrack of the film She's Having A Baby (1988), this Kate Bush song was release as a single from her album The Sensual World in 1989. This cover appeared on Maxwell's US #1 album, Now.




Halsey - "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God))" (2022): As reported on Fader, “I’m sorry guys, I just had to do it!” Halsey said to the crowd at the New York Governor's Ball Festival after performing this cover from Bush's 1985 album, Hounds Of Love.





Pat Benatar - "Wuthering Heights" (1980): The second studio album from Pat Benatar, 1980's best-selling Crimes Of Passion,  included this cover. The album stayed in the U.S. Chart Top 10 for more than six months.



Theo Bleckmann - "All the Love" (2011): German Jazz Singer Theo Bleckmann released an entire album worth of Kate Bush cover songs, Hello Earth! – The Music Of Kate Bush, in 2011. This song was originally from Kate's 1982 album soundscape, The Dreaming.


Cecile McLorin Salvant - "Wuthering Heights" (2002): The follow-up to her Grammy Award-Winning 2018 album, The Window, Cecile McLorin Salvant's sixth album, Ghost Song, as Vanity Fair writes, "opens on a hauntingly pared back, addictive cover of Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights.” 





For more cover thoughts and insight on why Kate is the hottest artist of 2022 (37 years in the making), check out the episode wherever you listen to podcasts.






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