Phobia (Breaking Benjamin album)

Studio album by Breaking Benjamin
Released August 8, 2006 (U.S.)
October 13, 2006 (EMI)
April 17, 2007 (Collector's Edition) November 21, 2007 (Europe)
Recorded March–May 2006 at The Barbershop Studios, Hopatcong, New Jersey
Length 43:30
Label Hollywood
Producer David Bendeth
Breaking Benjamin chronology
We Are Not Alone
Dear Agony
Singles from Phobia
  1. "The Diary of Jane"
    Released: June 6, 2006
  2. "Breath"
    Released: January 21, 2007
  3. "Until the End"
    Released: October 2, 2007
Alternative cover
EMI import cover

Phobia is the third studio album by American rock band Breaking Benjamin. It was recorded at The Barbershop Studios in Hopatcong, New Jersey and released August 8, 2006 through Hollywood Records and November 21, 2007 in Europe.


Phobia was released on August 8, 2006 and quickly sold out at major retail chains such as Best Buy and Target. The album sold 131,000 copies in its first week, which made it the fastest selling and highest charting Breaking Benjamin album (until Dark Before Dawn in 2015) hitting #2 on the US Billboard Top 200. This is the first studio album Chad Szeliga recorded with the band. The intro track features the sound effects of an airport, namely a flight attendant announcing standard safety procedures and the sound of an airplane making its ascent, alluding to Benjamin Burnley's fear of flying, hence the inspiration for the album name, Phobia.[2]

The album reentered the Billboard 200 at number 38 on May 5, 2007 with its reissue. On May 21, 2009, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores

Corey Apar of AllMusic views the album as consistent with their past material, concluding "Phobia will not win over any skeptics still holding out on the band, but for those already happily settled in the Benjamin camp, it makes for another satisfying listen."[1]

Track listing

All tracks written by Benjamin Burnley & Breaking Benjamin. 

No. Title Length
1. "Intro"   1:13
2. "The Diary of Jane"   3:20
3. "Breath"   3:38
4. "You"   3:21
5. "Evil Angel"   3:41
6. "Until the End"   4:12
7. "Dance with the Devil"   3:47
8. "Topless"   3:03
9. "Here We Are"   4:18
10. "Unknown Soldier"   3:46
11. "Had Enough"   3:50
12. "You Fight Me"   3:12
13. "Outro"   2:09
Total length:

1The CD released with the Phobia Collector's Edition DVD also includes this track.

2This track is not listed on the album's back insert. When played, it appears as track 14, making "So Cold" track 15 and "Rain" track 16.

Collector's edition DVD track listing

  1. "Polyamorous"
  2. "Home"
  3. "Shallow Bay"
  4. "Breakdown"
  5. "Topless"
  6. "Away"
  7. "Intro"
  8. "The Diary of Jane"
  9. "Dance with the Devil"
  10. "Until the End"
  11. "Had Enough"
  12. "Sooner or Later"
  13. "Break My Fall"
  14. "So Cold"
  15. "Breath"
  16. "Evil Angel"

This DVD was released in April 2007. It includes the band's entire February 2007 concert at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Song information


Breaking Benjamin
Additional musicians
  • Sebastian Davin (from Dropping Daylight) – Piano (on track 7, 12 and 14) and backing vocals (on track 7, 12 and 14)
  • David Eggar – Cello on "The Diary of Jane (Acoustic)"
  • Scott Treibitz – Cello arrangement
  • Helda Coccen-Mihan- backing Vocals
  • Neil Zineatser- guitar (on track 5,6,12)
  • Larry Mazer & Tamra Feldman – Management for Entertainment Services
  • Nick Ferrara – Legal for Serling Rooks
  • Andy Somers – Booking Agent for The Agency Group
  • Lic Wheeler – Marketing

  • T42design – Art direction and Design
  • Kamil Vojnar – Cover artwork at Getty Images
  • Phil Mucci, Prem Prakash Sahu, Dada Jayela – Photography

Chart positions

Chart (2006) Peak
New Zealand Albums Chart[6] 16
US Billboard 200[7] 2
US Billboard Digital Albums Chart[8] 1
US Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart[7] 18
US Billboard Rock Albums Chart[7] 1
US Billboard Tastemakers Albums Chart[7] 3
Year Song Chart Peak
2006 "The Diary of Jane" Billboard Hot 100 50
Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
Alternative Songs 4
Billboard Pop 100 46
Hot Digital Songs 34
2007 "Breath" Billboard Hot 100 84
Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1 (7 weeks)
Alternative Songs 3
"Until the End" Billboard Hot 100 122
Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
Alternative Songs 21


Country Certification Sales
United States Platinum[9] 1,000,000+

Release details

Country Date Label Format
United Kingdom August 7, 2006 Hollywood Digital and Retail CD
United States August 8, 2006
Australia October 7, 2006



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