CPR Playlist: These Songs May Have the Perfect Beat to Save Lives


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Over the years, music has been described as food for the soul, and now it can help provide the soundtrack to keeping people alive.

Medical experts from New York Presbyterian Hospital recently assembled a playlist on Spotify that contains the best tunes for performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.

The tracks weren’t just selected for the appropriateness of their song titles. Each tune had to meet a certain criteria, which had everything to do with their beat. The songs on the playlist measure at 100 beats per minute (bpm), which is the same rate that first responders are told to administer CPR on someone experiencing cardiac arrest.

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When an adult’s heart has stopped beating, the person conducting CPR should administer sternum compressions at this bpm. It might be hard to estimate that time span on your own, but listening to or recalling the beat of any of the songs that made the list could very well help you save a life.

Judging by just song titles alone, some of the tunes [“Staying Alive”, “I Will Survive”] sound as if they were made for this CPR list more than others [“Another One Bites The Dust”, “Gives You Hell”].  Other tune titles might leave you scratching your head [“MMM Bop,” “Rock Your Body”] when it comes being on this particular list.

The entire playlist suggested by New York Presbyterian Hospital consists of 40 tracks which translates roughly to two hours and 28 minutes of music. The heart-reviving soundtrack includes songs by ABBA, Backstreet Boys, Missy Elliot, Madonna, Fall Out Boy, Beyoncé, Pink Floyd, Modest Mouse, The Doors and Michael Jackson. That’s a lot of music to get your heart pumping to, so we’re just sharing the top ten. 

Press ‘play’ below to start listening to the top ten songs from the playlist:

Want to keep listening? Listen to the full playlist on Spotify.