If there is one gig that every singer/band should secretly covet, it is being in the closing seconds of a series finale. The first example of this was when “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” from Green Day played during the closing minutes of the “Seinfeld” series finale, and this song quickly became one of the biggest hits of the band’s career. (Not only that, but it was basically every high school graduating class’ song for at least a full decade.) Meanwhile, Journey saw a huge resurgence for their hit “Don’t Stop Believin'” after it was used at the end of “The Sopranos.”
The latest song to benefit in such a way? The Badfinger song “Baby Blue,” which is set to see an exponential growth in sales this week on the Billboard charts thanks to it being used at the end of the “Breaking Bad” finale on Sunday night. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the song is set to receive its biggest week of digital sales ever by a wide margin, and streams of it on Spotify are up by a whopping 9,000%. The song arrived in the iTunes top 20 on Sunday, and that is without the show even making it clear who sang the song or its name.
“Baby Blue” was originally a top 20 hit in the 1970s, and it fits the Vince Gilligan mold almost perfectly in being a song that suits the show thematically, and also comes from the same era as many of the other songs used over the years. Music on “Breaking Bad” was rare, but when you heard it, you knew it was for something important.
You can hear the song below if you’re already hankering to hear it again after the finale. Also, be sure to click here if you want to see even more of the impact the show had on the ratings for Sunday night.