Song 59: Beyoncé, “Countdown” (2011)

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This one was on repeat for ages. I think it’s damn near perfect. It’s a bunch of moving gears, seemingly dissimilar parts that somehow work together to make one dizzying whole.

I wonder how songs like this come into being. I can totally picture someone sitting down at a piano and banging out that melody (which, especially in the chorus, sounds like it was yanked out of a ‘60s or ‘70s R&B hit), but the arrangement is bonkers. Who figured out that a marching band would blend so well with that tinkly guitar line, all with Beyoncé deliriously declaring her love in staccato? I don’t know, but I want that job.

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