Where does the theme of Breaking Bad (intros and sometimes during the episodes) come from? Is it a song or a short piece written specifically for this show? Also can it be found on any official CD collections?

I think the longest version of the theme can be heard in the end of Granite State (s05e15) episode.

  • See also: Do Breaking Bad and Firefly have the same intro music?
    – unor
    Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 17:19
  • Hoziers song called 'It Will Come Back' reminds me of the intro, its sort of similar
    – user21157
    Commented May 12, 2015 at 0:18
  • should listen "El mulato" of Enrique Bunbury, the sound is very similar.
    – user23821
    Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 5:00
  • I think the Breaking Bad theme sounds very like "Chan Chan" by the Buena Vista Social Club
    – user46485
    Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 22:11

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It's an original piece written specifically for the show, written by Dave Porter. The title of the song is simply, "Breaking Bad Theme". There are a few CDs available with music from the show, one featuring music written specifically for the show.


MattD is absolutely correct, you can meet the composer here:

Dave Porter created that opening theme and has scored the show throughout its five-year run. A composer who began his career as an assistant in the studio of Philip Glass, he is currently working with filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan on the TV series “Wayward Pines,” a thriller expected to air on Fox next year.


The base from this Argentinian song.

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    Do you have any link to back up your answer? Commented Jul 16, 2014 at 13:34

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