References in music

  • A song cycle version of the novel uses Emily Brontë poems as libretto.
  • “Wuthering Heights” is a song by Kate Bush, which appears on her 1978 debut album, The Kick Inside, and was also released as her debut single. It has been covered by other artists, including Pat Benatar on her 1980 album Crimes of Passion; Brazilian power metal band Angra on their 1993 album Angels Cry; and Hayley Westenra on her 2003 album Pure. British punk rock band China Drum also made a cover of the song in 1995. Josh Pyke has done a cover for No Man’s Woman. The Puppini Sisters have released a swing version of the song, as have the Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain.

Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush.

  • Korean pop artist Eugene has a song titled “Wuthering Heights,” released in 2004.
  • In 2008, a song “Wuthering Heights” with the theme of Heathcliff’s dream was made by Swedish musician Mikael Gökinan with Ludde Wennström (bass and backing vocals) and rising star Helena Josefsson (vocals).
  • Gothic band Ali Project has released two versions of a song called “Wuthering Heights.” A techno version released on their album Gekka no Ichigun and a Classical Strings version released on their album Romance. Both versions have the same lyrics.
  • In 2003, Japanese singer-songwriter Chihiro Onitsuka penned and released a B-side track on her maxi-single “Beautiful Fighter,” that was titled “Arashigaoka” (嵐ヶ丘), the Japanese translation of the title “Wuthering Heights.”
  • In 2005, Japanese violinist Ikuko Kawai composed an instrumental piece called “Wuthering Heights.” Its slightly more elaborate variation includes the subtitle “Dear Heathcliff.”
  • Wuthering Heights is a Danish heavy metal band.
  • Death Cab for Cutie’s song “Cath…” was inspired by Wuthering Heights.

Death Cab for Cuties video for Cath. Based on Wuthering Heights.

  • The Colombian metal band Nova Orbis has done a song called “Love Remains” based on the book.
  • Songwriter Jim Steinman has stated that the ballad “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” is influenced by Wuthering Heights. He compared the song to “Heathcliffe digging up Cathy’s corpse and dancing with it in the cold moonlight.”[3] Steinman’s song “Total Eclipse of the Heart” was also inspired by Wuthering Heights.
  • Song writer Michael Penn makes reference to Heathcliff in his song “No Myth.”
  • Goth rock band Diva Destruction made a reference to Heathcliff and Catherine in a song called “Heathcliff” on their album Exposing the Sickness (2002).
  • In indie rock band The Hush Sound’s song “A Dark Congregation,” the final words of the novel are referenced in the line, “we are surrounded by all of the quiet sleepers inside the quiet earth.”
  • The band Alphabeat made a reference to Wuthering Heights in their song “10,000 Nights” with the line “Wuthering Heights and the stormy nights.”
  • The title and cover art of the 1976 album Wind & Wuthering by British progressive rock group Genesis were inspired by the novel. It also includes two instrumental pieces titled “Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers…” and “…In That Quiet Earth”, respectively, which are the last words in the novel.



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