Bleach­ers’ Jack Antonoff. Pho­to: Eri­ka Goldring/​WireImage When I was first pre­sent­ed with the idea for this sto­ry — where I would explain how to write a per­fect pop song — I told my man­ag­er, ‘It’s a cool idea, but it doesn’t make any sense. There’s no one way to do it.’ But as I was describ­ing why I couldn’t do it, I was also ask­ing myself ques­tions, and those ques­tions made me come around. The big ques­tion is this: What is a pop song? The eas­i­est way I can describe what makes a pop song a pop song is that it’s a song you want to hear over and over. Some peo­ple will instant­ly think, Well, that means it’s sim­ple and stu­pid. The truth is that it’s the oppo­site. What song have you played 10,000 times? It’s prob­a­bly not some­thing basic. It’s prob­a­bly a song that val­i­dates your expe­ri­ence on Earth. For me, a per­fect pop song is some­thing like ‘This Year,’ by the Moun­tain Goats. That’s a song that talks about alco­holism, domes­tic abuse — expe­ri­ences I’ve nev­er had — and ties it all togeth­er in the cho­rus by say­ing, ‘I’m gonna make it through this year / […]