Five Songs You Didn’t Know Were Written By Jack Antonoff

Jack Antonoff has undoubtedly managed to make a name for himself in the past four years. From being the guitarist for alt-rock band fun., being the front-runner for his side project, Bleachers, and writing, co-writing and producing for some of the best pop artists of our generation, the New Jersey native has made his mark on a musical territory. In light of Bleachers’ Gone Now Part 2 tour beginning,  here are 5 songs you may not have known that Jack Antonoff has songwriting credits for.

1. Lorde- Green Light

Jack Antonoff was heavily involved in the creative process for Lorde’s second album, Melodrama, taking co-writing credits for 10 out of 11 songs on the record. Antonoff also produced several tracks for the record. Green Light was the first single, an exploding dance track of electropop, that will make you want to dance.

2. Taylor Swift-Out of the Woods

Unless you’re living under a rock, it was hard to miss Taylor Swift’s incredible album 1989, and the outrageous success it received between 2014-2016. Her first full-length pop album was heavily inspired by the music of the 80’s, which helped to spark the friendship between Swift and Antonoff. Jack helped to write the music and lyrics for Out of the Woods, going so far as to use the sound of a bag hitting the ground to make the repetitive booming sound at the beginning of the song. Antonoff would go on to help write two other songs on the album, I Wish You Would and You Are In Love, as well as the song for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, I Don’t Wanna Live Forever. So far Jack also has songwriting credits for Swift’s latest track ‘Look What You Made Me Do’, for her upcoming album Reputation.

3. Sara Bareilles-Brave

The lead track off her third studio album, The Blessed Unrest, Brave is a song about going after whatever you want to and being ambitious enough to say whatever you want to say. The powerful song was described by Jack as a civil rights anthem at a time when there are no civil rights anthems.’ Antonoff also offered song writing credits for another Bareilles track off the same album called ‘Chasing the Sun’.

4. Rachel Platten-Stand By You

Jack Antonoff worked with Rachel Platten for her 2016 debut album Wilfire on the track Stand By You. The single was very successful gaining a lot of airplay, and peaking at number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100. Described as a mood-lifting anthem, the song features Antonoff’s signature pounding synth-drum beat, paired with a soulful piano.

5. P!nk-Beautiful Trauma

P!nk’s latest album, Beautiful Trauma was released barely a month ago, but the reception has been overwhelmingly positive, debuting at the top of the Billboard 200 in the U.S. The song starts with a dramatic, almost church-like bells and horns, something very different and out there, followed shortly by a fast techno-like drum beat, something very much in Jack’s style of music.

Jessica Maxwell

Jessica Maxwell is a Toronto music journalist and writer. Her work has been published in such media outlets as Global News, Anchor Shop, CONFRONT Magazine, and Alan Cross's A Journal of Musical Things. When she's not writing for outlets, she runs her own YouTube channel and blog, Sounds About Write, where she talks about music and lifestyle. She'll happily talk about pop-punk bands with you.

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