Top TV Song Last Week: Bells in Santa Fe by Halsey
Netflix’s original psychological thriller YOU dropped season 4, part 2, on March 9, 2023, and fans immediately binged the final part of the season. YOU has been trending steadily on Tunefind’s charts since the split season started airing; however, part 2 saw a powerful placement rocket to the number one spot almost immediately. Last week’s top TV song is a potent, cinematic, pop-punk track by a Grammy-nominated powerhouse that stands out for being the only licensed song featured in this season’s 8th episode.
Bells in Santa Fe
from YOU Soundtrack · Season 4 · Episode 8 · Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
Halsey’s empowered song, ‘Bells in Santa Fe,’ accompanies a montage in the infamous glass cage made famous by YOU. A character’s nightmare unfolds on screen as ‘Bells in Santa Fe’ plays for over 2 minutes. The track is on full display as the passing of time unfurls on the screen without any interjecting dialogue.
Our showrunner, Sera [Gamble] fell in love with Halsey’s album during the pandemic, so when this scene was being cut together, we traded song ideas, and once this one landed, it was THE ONE.” – Season Kent, YOU music supervisor
Tunefind spoke with YOU’s music supervisor Season Kent about the behind-the-scenes evolution involved with the song’s placement. Kent stated, “This scene was always a special one that we knew needed an epic song.” She continued sharing, “Our showrunner Sera [Gamble] fell in love with Halsey’s album during the pandemic, so when this scene was being cut together, we traded song ideas, and once this one landed, it was THE ONE.” Kent concludes, “Our editor did an amazing job on the edit to picture, and there you have it! Total magic!!”
‘Bells in Santa Fe’ was released on Halsey’s fourth studio album, If I can’t have love, I want power, on August 27, 2021. The album was produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails and described by Halsey as, “a concept album about the joys and horrors of pregnancy and childbirth.”
Before the album’s release, a theatrical film that shares the album title was screened in select IMAX theaters worldwide. The film features music from the album. Rolling Stone reported that the film incorporates “fantasy, drawing visual influences from American television series Game of Thrones and the 2006 film Marie Antoinette, alongside themes of motherhood and mysticism.”
Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, known professionally as Halsey, was born and raised in New Jersey before relocating to New York City. Halsey is an anagram of her first name and refers to the Halsey Street stop of the New York City Subway in Brooklyn. Halsey is well-known for her indie-pop ballads that frequently draw inspiration from her experiences. She has numerous awards and nominations, including four Billboard Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, and a Grammy Award nomination. In addition to her music career, she has passionately been involved in suicide prevention awareness and sexual assault victim advocacy.
Halsey’s music has received numerous sync placements with 46 songs and over 100 appearances on Tunefind. Her music has been featured in series such as Love Island UK, Alaska Daily, and CSI:Vegas, as well as in films such as Nerve, Sing 2, and Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey.
〉Listen now: Bells in Santa Fe by Halsey
〉More music by Halsey
〉Full list of songs featured in the YOU soundtrack