Hounds of Love is a 1985 album by English singer Kate Bush. It was Bush's fifth studio album, and her second to top the album charts. It has since been certified Double Platinum in the UK. In 2002, Q Magazine named Hounds of Love the third Greatest Album of All-Time by a Female Artist, and in 2000, the twentieth Greatest British Album of All Time.
Bush's most successful album commercially, 1985's Hounds of Love reflects Bush's continuing growth as an artist and producer. To avoid the huge expense of her previous album, The Dreaming, and to support her increasingly slow and painstaking recording process, Bush was inspired to build her own 24-track studio in the barn behind her family home. Hounds of Love ultimately topped the charts in the UK, knocking Madonna's Like A Virgin from the number one position. Making extensive use of the Fairlight CMI synthesizer, piano, traditional Irish instruments, and layered vocals, Hounds of Love is a "complex and richly layered work."
The album takes advantage of the LP vinyl format, with Side One, titled "Hounds of Love", containing five unrelated songs linked only by the common theme of love and relationships; these include the four singles