"Hounds of Love" is the title track of the studio album called Hounds of Love and also from The Whole Story greatest hits album by Kate Bush, the third of the album's four singles. The single was released on 24 February 1986, and reached number 18 in the UK Singles Chart. British band The Futureheads covered the song in 2005, scoring a UK top 10 hit with it.
The song is about being afraid to fall in love; in the song this feeling is compared to being chased by a pack of hounds. The music video (directed by Bush herself) was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's film The 39 Steps and Hitchcock also features in the video (a nod to the director's famous cameo appearances in his movies).
The versions worldwide differ slightly: the US single mix included an additional chorus just after the second chorus. The words "it's in the trees, it's coming!" heard at the beginning of the track are sampled from the British 1957 horror filmNight of the Demon and are mouthed by an actor from the film, Reginald Beckwith, who plays a medium channelling a character played by Maurice Denham, who provides the voice.
In October 2004, Q magazine placed this song at No.21 in its list of the 50 greatest British songs of all-time.