— Breaking Bad (@BreakingBad_AMC) September 30, 2013
In an unprecedented (and unexpected!) fashion, AMC’s Breaking Bad producer Vince Gilligan selected Badfinger’s classic December 1971 single release, “Baby Blue” as the series finale’s ‘swan song’. The song reached a height of #14 in the US charts in 1972. In contrast, Journey’s original release of “Don’t Stop Believin” made it to #9 in 1981, but reached reached similar pop culture noteriety when it was used in the final scene of HBO’s legendary series, The Sopranos in 2007.
Social media trending went through the roof within minutes of the show’s broadcast, including Facebook and Twitter postings while the made-for-TV edited guitar licks of Baby Blue’s ending were playing over the show’s production credits.
Immediately, Breaking Bad’s younger-skewing fans were swarming to YouTube to find versions of Baby Blue, and posted thousands of Walter White/Blue Meth-related comments on the various video pages.
Badfinger experienced a similar resurgence with the original studio release of Baby Blue in 2005, when the song was placed at a pivotal plot point within the Oscar-winning film, The Departed.
Here are some of the on-line articles about the momentous occasion in Badfinger’s place in popular TV culture:
Wikipedia (also updated immediately): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_Blue_(Badfinger_song)
Entertainment Weekly: http://music-mix.ew.com/2013/09/30/badfinger-breaking-bad/
USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/09/30/breaking-bad-finale-last-song-baby-blue-badfinger/2895629/