"Baby Blue," the memorable 1972 Badfinger track that closes Breaking Bad as an ode to blue meth, was creator Vince Gilligan’s idea. His music team didn’t agree. Thomas Golubić, the show’s music supervisor, kept picking alternate “blue” songs, all of which Gilligan politely rejected. “When he said, ‘I think this is the right song for the closing of the finale,’ I didn’t really hear it,” Golubić says. “I thought it was an odd little love song.
"But in came the dailies, with that wonderful crane shot moving over Walter White, and once we played the song, [we thought], ‘Oh, I get it now,’" Golubić continues. "This is a love-affair story of Walt and his love of science, and this was his greatest product – his greatest triumph as a chemist. It wasn’t about Walter White as a criminal or a murderer or an awful person. It was him ending on his own terms. It felt creatively right."
"Baby Blue," inspired by the late Badfinger singer Pete Ham’s ex-girlfriend, Dixie Armstrong, was a Number 14 single, the last Top 20 hit in the British band’s career. Although it appeared in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed in 2006, it’s obscure compared to classic-rock Badfinger fixtures such as “No Matter What” and “Come and Get It.” That is likely to change – the song’s Spotify streams jumped 9,000 percent in the first 11 hours after the Breaking Bad finale, and iTunes sold 5,000 copies Sunday night, according to Billboard, when it has never sold more than 1,000 in a week.