Pop reclusive tops our mothers' day poll to find the greatest mum in music
Michael Baggs

12:05 18th March 2012

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Pop recluse Kate Bush has been named the best mum in our Mother's Day poll.

The mother-of-one, and 'Wuthering Heights' pop innovator, beat mouthy Londoner Lily Allen into second place. Also placed in the Top Five were Chris Martin's wife, and Glee performer, Gwyneth Paltrow, US soul singer Alicia Keys and brilliant Icelandic nutter, Bjork.

Kate Bush broke her pop hiatus in 2011 with the release of not one, but two Top Ten albums. She released 'Directors Cut' and '50 Words For Snow' to rave reviews and not unimpressive sales.

She made her debut on the music scene in 1978 with the groundbreaking, 'The Kick Inside' album. She is married to guitarist Dan McIntosh and the couple have one son, Albert.

  • A young looking Kate Bush. By the age of 20, the singer had already released two critically acclaimed albums; her debut 'The Kick Inside' and November 1978's 'Lionheart.'

  • The striking pose used on for the cover of Bush's second album, 1978's 'Lionheart.'

  • The image used on the cover to Bush's 1982 album 'The Dreaming.' The image depicts Bush re-enacting a scene from the lyrics to album track 'Houdini', in it the singer plays Houdini's wife and is holding a key in her mouth which she is about to pass to her husband.

  • A still from the promo video to her defining 1978 song 'Wuthering Heights.' To this day it's still her only number one UK single.

  • The iconic image of Kate Bush showing a pastoral side with ivy draped over her.

  • The sleeve to Kate's debut album 'The Kick Inside.' It was produced by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour who discovered Bush in 1973.

  • A fresh faced Kate Bush in her teens. One of a number of iconic images of the singer.

  • Kate Bush performing live on Top of the Pops.

  • A still from the video to 2005 single 'King of the Mountain' which featured Kate flying through the air with Elvis' clothes. Peaking at number four in the UK singles chart, it was the singer's third highest chart entry ever.

  • A rare sighting of Kate Bush at the Royal Academy of Arts, London in June 2002

  • A flamboyantly dressed, somewhat scary looking Kate Bush

  • The Kate Bush promotional shot from 2005, the year when she made her welcome return with the brilliant album 'Aerial.'

  • An elegant looking Kate Bush in the late 1980's

  • Kate Bush in the promo for her 1980 single Babooshka, lifted from the album 'Never For Ever'

  • Released in November 2005, 'Aerial' was Bush's first studio album in 12 years and received glowing reviews from critics. At 80 minutes long and split over two discs, it was nothing short of epic.

  • Kate Bush in the early 1990's

  • The brilliant cover to Bush's 1980 single 'Army Dreamers.' It was originally written and recorded in 1973, just a few weeks after Kate's 15th birthday.

  • Another still from the famous 'Wuthering Heights' video.

  • The cover to Kate Bush's 1993 album 'The Red Shoes.' It was her final release before her 12-year hiatus.

  • Kate Bush

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