"King of the Mountain" is a song by British singer-songwriter Kate Bush. Taken from her album Aerial, it was released in 2005 and is the album's only single. The song was written and produced by Bush. It was Bush’s final single to receive a mainstream physical release, and her last 7” vinyl release of any kind.
"King of the Mountain" was released as a single by EMI Records on 24 October 2005, Bush's first single since "And So Is Love", which had been released 12 years before. It was first played on BBC Radio 2 on 21 September 2005. Written about ten years before most of the songs on Aerial, the lyrics enquire whether Elvis Presley might still be alive someplace, "...looking like a happy man..." and playing with "Rosebud", Kane's childhood's sled, and comment on the pressures of extreme fame and wealth. In a November 2005 interview with BBC Four's "Front Row" Bush said, "I don't think human beings are really built to withstand that kind of fame." Sung in a slightly slurred Elvis-type manner, the track was produced by Bush; the recording was engineered by Del Palmer and mastered by James Guthrie. The cover art is a drawing by her son Bertie.
The B-side of the UK single is a cover version of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing", which features Irish musician Davy Spillane on uilleann pipes, originally recorded for his 1994 A Place Among the Stones album. The track was left off the Spillane album as it didn't fit with the sound of the rest of the record and before the 2005 release, Bush's version of "Sexual Healing" had only been heard publicly once, at the 1994 Kate Bush fan club convention in the Hippodrome, London.
Upon its release, the single was an immediate success by entering the UK charts at No. 4, thus becoming Bush's first top ten single in nearly 20 years (since "Don't Give Up", her duet with Peter Gabriel, reached No. 9 in 1986). The single also reached the Top 5 in Canada and charted well in many other countries. It is the only single from the album Aerial.
The music video received its first airing on the UK's Channel 4 on 15 October 2005. It was directed by Jimmy Murakami, produced by Michael Algar, edited at The Farm (Dublin) by Hugh Chaloner with flame and 3D effects by Niall O hOisin, Arron Inglis, Brian O'Durnin and Mark from Australia.