Kate Bush Keeps Running As Joji Impacts ARIA Singles Chart

20 June 2022 | 9:04 am | Gavin Ryan

Kate Bush had been "Running Up That Hill" for 37 years, and this week the song perches atop the ARIA Singles summit for a second week.

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"Running Up That Hill" also logs a second week at the top in New Zealand and Sweden and it climbs to the top of the singles chart this week in England, Ireland and Switzerland, while it jumps to No.2 in Canada, No.3 in France and No.4 in The U.S.A. (new peak) and Germany (on hold at No.4), plus No.6 in both Finland and Denmark. 

Kate Bush broke three records on the English Singles Chart by climbing to No.1 this week, 'Longest Gap Between No.1 Singles' (44 years), 'Oldest Solo Female Act at No.1' (63 years and 11 months old) and 'Longest Time taken to reach No.1' (37+ years), one of which I dissected last week (gap between No.1's), while someone asked me during the week whether or not this was the Australian charts' 'Longest Time to climb to No.1', which I believe "Running Up That Hill" now holds that honour in Australia. Kate's returned track also cracks a new local chart feat too, in that it's third week within the ARIA Top 10 is now longer than it's original 1985 run of two weeks within the ten (6 and 8, late October and early November 1985).

Here's a list of the longest climbs to the top in Australia:

Initial entry / No.1 date / length of time / Titles - Artists

02-Sep-85 / 13-June-22 / 36 years, 8 months / Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush (No.6, 1985)

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07-Aug-65 / 04-Nov-90 / 25 years, 3 months / Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers (No.3 in 1965)

27-Nov-94 / 03-Dec-18 / 24 years, 1 week / All I Want for Christmas is You - Mariah Carey (No.2 in 1994)

27-Apr-68 / 02-May-88 / 20 years, 1 week / (What a) Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong (No.22 in 1968)

Harry Styles sits at No.2 on both the singles and albums chart this week, as his former No.1's "As it Was" (U.S.A. No.1 for a sixth week and Canada for a ninth week), and it's parent album "Harry's House", both hold (single) and drop (album) to the second tier position, while he again has a second Top 10 track as "Late Night Talking" is down one spot to land at No.10. Lizzo is back up one chart-rung to her former peak of No.3 for a third time with her highest charted single "About Damn Time", having previously lodged in this peak spot on June 6th and initially on May 16th. 

Japanese-Australian artist Joji makes his sixth Top 100, third Top 50 and now first Top 10 appearance with his first single from an upcoming third album (no date or title known) called "Glimpse of Us", which lands at No.4 this week, while the track also sees debuts in New Zealand (No.2), Ireland (No.17) and England (No.31).

Jack Harlow's "First Class" track drops down two spots this week to land at No.5, followed by the two Top 10 entries for local rapper and current tourist Kid Laroi, with "Thousand Miles" and his Justin Bieber duet "Stay"; both dipping one spot each to No.6 and No.7 respectively, while 'Stay' also logs it's 48th week within the Top 10 (2nd longest of all time), it is followed by the now 71 weeks running Top 10 entrant "Heat Waves" by Glass Animals (Longest of all Time within the Top 10), which is a non-mover at No.8. Last week's high new entry for Post Malone with Doja Cat is only down two spots this week to No.9, after which Doja is three places away from her next chart entry.


Doja's "Vegas" track from the June 23rd issued 'Elvis' movie jumps up five places this week to a new peak of No.12, while the song could be joined next week by the soundtracks' next issued single from Eminem called "The King and I" featuring Cee-Lo Green which samples/loops "Heartbreak Hotel" throughout it. The Doja Cat track is the only climbing song within the Top 20, but on hold are "Big Energy" by Latto, "Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)" for Elton John and Dua Lipa along with "Ghost" for Justin Bieber at No.11, No.13 and No.20 respectively. 

Climbing again for a second week is the Camila Cabello and Ed Sheeran duet "Bam Bam", back up two spots to No.21, while Tate McRae's latest "She's All I Wanna Be" is back up one to No.23 and newly certified ▲Platinum in sales. Rising two places apiece are "Enemy" for Imagine Dragons, "Save Your Tears" by The Weeknd and "Levitating" by Dua Lipa to No.25, No.26 and No.27 respectively, followed by two three place rising entries in "Following the Sun" for SUPER-HI and "Industry Baby" by Lil' Nas X to No.28 and No.29. 

The 'Top Gun: Maverick' soundtrack has three songs on it, all three of which are charting as of last week. Two of them are now within the Top 50, as OneRepublic's contribution to the film called "I Ain't Worried" zooms up the chart sixty-four places to land at No.30 this week, the band's highest placed single since their 2020 teaming with Kygo on "Lose Somebody" (HP-31 for two weeks on 8th and 15th of June, 2020). The album's lead single "Hold My Hand" by Lady Gaga initially peaked at No.36 on entry (May 16th), and now this week it rises back up eight places to score a new peak of No.35, while the albums third issued single in Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone" (HP-14x3 in 1986, AMR charts) saw it's first ARIA Chart entry last week at No.79. 

Willow is back up four places to No.31 with "Wait a Minute", while The Killers 2004 track "Mr. Brightside'' leaps back up eleven spots to land at No.34. Like OneRepublic's new track, another two of last week's lower fifty entries climb up into the Top 50 this week, with newcomers Nicky Youre and dazy leaping twenty-two spots to No.40 with their first entry "Sunroof", and Taylor Swift's 2017 track "Don't Blame Me" rises six spots to No.46, while returning to the fifty, up six spots to No.49, is Benson Boone 's "In the Stars" (HP-34).

Vance Joy sees their third studio album enter at No.3 this week, while the album's latest single "Clarity" jumps up twenty-eight places to land at a new peak of No.41 after nine previous weeks in the lower fifty, having initially peaked at No.66 upon entry (April 18th). Ed Sheeran and Lil' Baby with "2Step" move up one spot to a new peak of No.43, while Ed's "Shape of You" single is this week logging it's 208th week within the Top 100, that's equal to four years of charting, while he also still holds the record for 'Longest Charting Top 100 entry' with "Perfect" (270 weeks, 5 years 10 weeks). 


Post Malone is reduced to only one Top 10 entry this week, as last week's leaper "Cooped Up" with Roddy Ricch drops down eight places to No.18 after a single week within the ten at No.10. The two Top 20 entries for Ed Sheeran both drop a little bit, with "Bad Habits" one week shy of it's one-year chart anniversary, it dips two places to No.14, while "Shivers" is down one spot to No.16, with Lost Frequencies with Calum Scott and "Where Are You Now" newly 3x▲Platinum in sales and down one spot to No.15, with the fifth and final Top 20 declining entry being Future and Drake's "Wait for U" to No.19, while Drake dropped a surprise album on Friday, so expect a Drakeluge on the singles chart next week. 

Harry Styles is reduced to six Top 50 entries this week, two within the Top 10, after which he declines with "Matilda" (16 to No.22), "Music for a Sushi Restaurant" (19 to No.24), "Daylight" (21 to No.32) and finally "Little Freak" which halves it's position from last week, dropping twenty-five places to land at No.50. 

Further dropping singles include "abcdeFU" by Gayle, down eleven places to No.37, "True Love" for Kanye West and XXXTentacion, falling twenty places to No.42 (although I though the XXXT album that it came from debuting this week it might have kept it flying high for another week, but alas not), "Without You" for Kid Laroi (34 to No.45), "10 Things I Hate About You" for Leah Kate (40 to No.47) and falling out from last weeks Top 50 are two Post Malone entries in "Wasting Angels" (No.30) and "One Right Now" (No.42). 


* #4 - Glimpse of Us by Joji (88rising / Warner Australia)

* #17 - Yet to Come by BTS (BigHit Music) is the South Korean acts single lifted from their new No.1 album and compilation called "Proof", with the ballad becoming their thirteenth Top 50 and seventh Top 20 placement in Australia, having last charted in mid-May on the PSY track "That That" (HP-49).


Where Are You Now by Lost Frequencies feat. Calum Scott ▲3

She's All I Wanna Be by Tate McRae ▲

One Kiss by Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa ▲7 (was 5P)

HP = Highest Position

LW = Last Week

WI10 - Weeks in Top 10

*ARIA Chart info is based on sales for the week from the 10th to the 16th of June, 2022.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.