This article originally ran in 2014. We’re reposting it today to celebrate Kate Bush’s new live album, Before the Dawn.
Top Songs is a feature in which we definitively handpick the very best songs in an artist or band’s catalog. Sounds simple, right? Oh, if only.
Considering the formidable back catalog of someone as musically gifted as Kate Bush, the inevitable dilemma is what to leave out of any top 10. With 10 studio albums and 33 singles to ponder, it’s a particularly tough ask. Despite Bush’s status as a national treasure in the UK and considerable success around the world, her career has never really taken off in the US. Six albums and four singles have charted stateside, topping out at No. 28 for The Red Shoes and No. 30 for “Running Up That Hill”. Maybe it had to do with her yipping vocals or the fact that she was so young when it all began, but no matter the reason, it doesn’t excuse her genius getting the short stick in the States.
To celebrate her ambitious new live album, Before the Dawn, we put together a proper crash course — her 10 best songs to date — that should bring everyone up to speed on what they might have been missing. With any cultish star comes an even more intense debate, so feel free to throw out your honorable mentions in the comment section below.
Senior Staff Writer