Bleachers' Jack Antonoff Picks His Top Cover Songs of All Time

Daniel Silbert

Turns out Jack really likes Tom Waits covers.

Jack Antonoff knows a thing or two about covers. With Bleachers, he’s covered tracks like Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” and his standout 2014 album Strange Desire was covered top-to-bottom by an all-star cast of female musicians, including Sara Bareilles, Charli XCX, Tinashe, Carly Rae Jepsen and others. He’s a rocker with an ear for luscious pop production and he knows how to add that extra special something to another person’s song.

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For Billboard’s Greatest of All Time special package, we spoke to Antonoff about his all-time favorite cover songs.

1. If you’ve ever seen the Bleachers live show, you know Antonoff has a thing for Bruce Springsteen. Naturally, his number one cover song is from the Boss -- Bruce covering Tom Waits’ “Jersey Girl.”

2. His number two pick is another Waits track, “Downtown Train,” getting covered by Rod Stewart.

3. And the second runner-up in Antonoff’s book is India.Arie covering Don Henley’s “Heart of the Matter.”