Although cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) may seem complex at first, music offers a great option to take the guesswork out of teaching and performing CPR.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends performing chest compressions at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute during CPR. For example, an individual can match the beat of the Bee Gee’s “Stayin’ Alive”, or Gloria Gaynor’s “I will Survive” as he or she administers CPR.
Effective CPR needs to be performed at a rate of 100/120 beats per minute. Below is a curated playlist of 100/120 BPM songs.
The playlist does raise the question: What kind of monster would run to Spotify to listen to the Bee Gees before attempting to save a life?
Hopefully no one. The playlist is supposed to help people keep that ideal tempo fresh in their minds, so if they do end up performing CPR, they do it better. One hundred beats per minute is a pretty fast clip, and chest compressions are physically taxing for the person doing them, so there’s a temptation to slow down. But CPR is less effective when the tempo lags.
Since this playlist is meant to be listened to beforehand and recalled later by people of multiple generations, there’s a real incentive to make it a celebration of the many songs between 100 and 120 beats per minute from the last four decades.
In addition to Stayin’ Alive, Hanson’s MMMbop, Michael Jackson’s Man In The Mirror, Missy Elliott’s Work It, Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want To Have Fun and Mariah Carey’s Heartbreaker also made the list.
Another One Bites the Dust by Queen is one thematically interesting choice to include.