Why Linda Ronstadt Is Having Her Own “Running up That Hill” Moment


Once again, a buzzy TV show is to thank for introducing a new generation to a beloved music icon. 

After Linda Ronstadt‘s 1970 song “Long Long Time” was used during the Jan. 29 episode of HBO’s The Last of Us, it saw a 4,900% increase in streams on Spotify.

According to the streaming service, the song saw the spike between 11 p.m. and midnight ET, right after the episode aired. 

The song was used in a scene featuring Bill (Nick Offerman) and Frank (Murray Bartlett), two men who form a relationship in the midst of a global pandemic. After Bill allows Frank into his home, Frank notices his piano and rummages through the sheet music in his bench.

He finds The Best of Linda Ronstadt, turns to a page, says, “Oh my god, it’s my favorite,” and starts playing.

The song, of course, is “Long Long Time.”

He doesn’t make it very far, however, as Bill stops the off-key performance saying, “Not this song, not this song.”

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