So Cold (song)

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This article is about the Breaking Benjamin song. For other songs with the same title, see So Cold (disambiguation).
"So Cold"
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Single by Breaking Benjamin
from the album We Are Not Alone
Released March 30, 2004
Format CD
Genre Alternative metal
Length 4:33 (album version)
3:55 (radio edit/music video)
Label Hollywood
Writer(s) Benjamin Burnley
Producer(s) David Bendeth
Breaking Benjamin singles chronology
"Medicate"
(2003)
"So Cold"
(2004)
"Sooner or Later"
(2004)
We Are Not Alone track listing
"So Cold"
(1)
"Simple Design"
(2)

"So Cold" is a song by American post-grunge/alternative metal band Breaking Benjamin. It was released in March 2004 as the lead single from second album, We Are Not Alone. Despite never having reached the number 1 spot on the Mainstream Rock Chart, "So Cold" holds the record for the most weeks spent in the chart with 62 weeks. The single was certified platinum by the RIAA on September 25, 2015, the same day the band's debut album Saturate was certified Gold. The song was released the same day as Three Days Grace's song "Just Like You."

Background and writing[edit]

In an interview with Guitar World, Aaron Fink and Ben Burnley said that the movie 28 Days Later was an inspiration while writing the song because of its feeling of desolation.

Music video[edit]

The music video of "So Cold" was directed by Frank Borin. Its story takes place in the 19th century, judging by the style of clothing, and first shows a preacher standing at the edge of a swamp. The scene then shifts to a group of people walking in a forest. One man can be seen carrying a large stone with the Breaking Benjamin Celtic knot on it. The man, who is being punished for infidelity towards his wife, is shackled to the stone throughout the video and struggles to free himself from it. Towards the end, the group of people arrive at the swamp where the preacher stands. The man carrying the stone walks into the swamp and drowns. His wife appears in a black robe while the woman he cheated with wears a white robe.

Track listing[edit]

Promotional single
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "So Cold (Radio edit)" Benjamin Burnley 3:56

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[1] 76
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[2] 3
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[3] 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[4] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

So Cold EP[edit]

So Cold EP
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EP by Breaking Benjamin
Released November 23, 2004
Recorded 2001, 2004
Genre Alternative metal, post-grunge
Length 17:13
Label Hollywood
2061-62496-2
Breaking Benjamin chronology
Live EP
(2004)
So Cold (EP)
(2004)
Phobia
(2006)
Singles from So Cold EP
  1. "So Cold (Acoustic)"
    Released: 2004

So Cold EP is an EP which was released on November 23, 2004. It was originally going to be titled the So Cold (Acoustic) EP. The EP contains 5 songs, three were recorded live, "So Cold (Live acoustic)", "Away" and "Breakdown" and two were studio recorded material, "Blow Me Away" and "Lady Bug". Kevin Soffera appears on the tracks "Away" and "Breakdown".[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "So Cold" (Live acoustic) 3:55
2. "Blow Me Away" 3:25
3. "Lady Bug" 3:02
4. "Away" (Live) 3:23
5. "Breakdown" (Live) 3:43
Total length: 17:13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Breaking Benjamin – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Breaking Benjamin. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  2. ^ "Breaking Benjamin – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Breaking Benjamin. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  3. ^ "Breaking Benjamin – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Breaking Benjamin. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  4. ^ "American single certifications – Breaking Benjamin – So Cold". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 2, 2015.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  5. ^ http://www.shallowbay.com/forum/faq.php?faq=section_1#faq_question_7