“Countdown” (Beyonce Cover)

    Beyonce’s latest album, the critically lauded 4, is jam-packed with singles, from “Best Thing I Never Had” to “Party” to “1+1.” But of them all, the one that stands out the most is the Boyz II Men-sampling “Countdown.” It’s not just catchy, bouncy fun, it’s also one of the most sincere love-themed pop songs in recent memory.

    As such, we’re psyched to see that Sondre Lerche opted to record his own version of “Countdown” for his third annual holiday cover for the folks at Stereogum. His take features just his vocals and some mild acoustic guitar strumming, an approach that puts the focus on the track’s stellar songwriting. You can stream the cover below and download it at Stereogum.