CPR songs

This week’s post is  off topic.

Performing CPR more than doubles the survival rate of patients who go into cardiac arrest.

When first responders are being taught to perform hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation, known as CPR, on an adult whose heart has stopped beating, they’re told to administer 2-inch sternum compressions (between the nipples) at a rate of around 100 beats per minute (bpm). That’s a little less than twice a second, and can be hard to approximate.

The popular method to try to keep that rhythm is to sing a song to yourself while giving chest compression, in order to keep them steady.

A couple of weeks ago, New York Presbyterian Hospital released a list of songs that are in the 100 BPM range.

In the past, the gold standard was Stayin’ Alive, by the Bee Gee’s, but, as everyone doesn’t remember disco —I do!  (and my plumber’s uncle is the Harry Wayne Casey  of KC and the Sunshine Band, how cool is that!)

The list of popular songs which can help you stay steady includes:

  1. Stayin’ Alive,  Bee Gees
  2. Cecelia,  Simon and Garfunkel
  3. Sweet Home Alabama,  Lynrd Skynyrd
  4. Another one Bites the Dust, Queen
  5. You Can’t Hurry Love, Phil Collins
  6. Another Brick in the Wall Pt2, Pink Flyod
  7. Spirit in the Sky, Norman Greenbaum
  8. Five to One, the Doors
  9. Float On, Modest Mouse
  10. One Week, Barenaked Ladies

The Gibb brothers

You can go to NYP Hospital’s  website to learn more:



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