Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush (1978)
Few debut singles have been this powerful. Even though it only made it to #108 in America, This song was a worldwide smash. It topped the charts in 7 countries and made Bush a star at the tender age of 19. Written the year before, this passionate plea from a dead lover revels in its literary allusion to Emily Bronte's classic, name-checking Heathcliff and Catherine, as well as certain dialogue of Cathy's from the novel. Kate is one of those artists that I always come back to. Her work, from "Man With The Child In His Eyes" through "This Woman's Work" is stunning. Her most recent release, the double album Aerial, is one of the finest examples in the 21st century of perfectly crafted art-pop. Without Kate, there is no Tori Amos, no Joanna Newsom, and no Decemberists, which I simply couldn't bare!
This song is so good, Kate made two videos for it and then re-recorded it in 1986!
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