Since bursting on to the scene with Wuthering Heights in 1978, Kate Bush has constantly expanded our ideas of what music could and should do, creating one of the most remarkable catalogues in pop music. From the early age of 19, she has been uncompromising in her vision, whether that be choosing her own debut single or producing her own albums at a time when that was, incredibly, unusual for female artists. Picking just 20 songs that emphasise her importance is no easy task, but the best Kate Bush songs will give newcomers to her music a thrill while reminding fans of some of her most glorious moments.
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20: Among Angels (From ‘50 Words For Snow’, 2011)
The closing song on 50 Words For Snow emphasises the strength of Kate’s latter-day material. A near-seven-minute mediation – initially for piano and voice before strings wind their way around the song – Among Angels moves slowly and gracefully, with Kate in fine voice as she offers words of support to a friend in need. The song obviously means a lot to her: it was the only track from the album performed during Before The Dawn, her magical 2014 residency at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.