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Songs To Go Along With CPR

Updated: Apr 7

"Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk

I'm a woman's man, no time to talk

Music loud and women warm, I've been kicked around...."

CPR Playlist on Spotify

Okay I'll stop while I'm ahead. If you seen the Office, chances are you seen the clip of Michael Scott singing Stayin Alive by the Bee Gees while giving CPR to a training manikin. Stayin Alive is one of the most associated songs with CPR because it has a tempo of 104 Beats Per Minute (BPM) which is the same rate chest compressions are given during CPR.

CPR compressions are supposed to be given at a rate of 100 BPM-120 PM or a compression every half of a second on the lower half of the sternum along the the chest letting the chest rise each time. Here is a playlist of some of my favorite songs that evocates thoughts of CPR because their speed is between 100-120 BPM.

CPR Playlist

  • Stayin Alive by Bee Gees - 100 BPM

  • Another One Bite The Dust by Queen -110 BPM

  • Baby Shark by Pink Fong - 115 BPM

  • One Week by Barenaked Ladies - 113 BPM

  • I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor - 117 BPM

  • Just Dance by Lady Gaga, Colby O'Donis - 119 BPM

  • Rock Your Body by Justin Timberlake - 101 BPM

  • American Girl by Tome Petty and The Heart Breakers - 115 BPM

  • Sorry by Justin Bieber - 100 BPM

  • Another Bring In the Wall by Pink Floyd - 104 BPM

  • Dancing Queen by ABBA - 101 BPM

  • Man In The Mirror by Michael Jackson - 100 BPM

A Quick Note

I do admit in all of my CPR classes I do mention a few of the above songs for comparison. The best way to remember the correct speed during CPR compressions is a straight count using the word "AND" between each count up to 12 then continue a straight count with no extra words. (I.E. 1 AND 2 AND 3 AND 4 AND 5 AND 6 AND 7 AND 8 AND 9 AND 10 AND 11 AND 12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30)

Thanks to SongBPM for helping me find the BPM rates for each song in my Spotify Playlist.

Works Cited

Blendist. (n.d.). Find the BPM and key for any song: Every song, every tempo: Songbpm. SongBPM. Retrieved March 7, 2023, from Song data provided by Spotify

1 Comment

The choice of music for CPR is crucial for maintaining the correct tempo. Interestingly, the rhythm of this song aligns with the recommended rate for chest compressions during CPR. Its catchy beat helps in maintaining the ideal pace to assist in performing effective chest compressions. Always great to have a memorable tune in mind when learning life-saving techniques! I recommend increasing the popularity of your song by purchasing Soundcloud Packages here:


About The Author Of This Article

Bobby Dobroski, Owner and CPR Instructor of DobroSKILLS LLC

Bobby Dobroski, Owner & CPR Instructor of DobroSKILLS LLC

Bobby has been teaching CPR since 2016 and is a proud husband and father to two very active young boys. Bobby is active runner who ran over 20 marathons and an Ironman Triathlon. DobroSKILLS offers training in Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED and Basic Life Support For Healthcare Providers as well as AED and supplies. DobroSKILLS LLC is a Licensed Training Provider of the American Red Cross.


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