AThe American Heart Association advises that, when administering adult CPR, "100 to 120 chest compressions per minute, at a depth of at least 2 inches, but no greater than 2.4 inches, should be provided." While we can likely zero in on 60 beats per minute (one per second) with ease, the math gets a little dicey on 100 to 120 per minute. As such, the easiest way to keep your internal metronome in the correct range is to remember a song matching the 100-120 compressions per minute guideline.
Our Experts here at General Medical Devices, Inc. have put together a list of our 10 favorite songs to remember for CPR tempo. These songs are easy to remember and they're also on the lower end of the 100-120 range prescribed; so as to make up for the human tendency to speed up songs and rhythms as they continue. Let us know which one's your favorite!
#10: Crazy in Love by Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z (101 BPM)
This song has a driving, unforgettable rhythm that makes it ideal to reference during compressions.
#9: Superstition by Stevie Wonder (100 BPM)
This Motown favorite clocks in at 100 beats per minute and has an easy-to-remember rhythm, making it ideal for your CPR compressions.
#8: In Your Eyes by The Weeknd (101 BPM)
A relatively current song, In Your Eyes might even be playing in the background, on the radio as you administer compressions. It's funky, catchy and certainly hard to forget. At 101 beats per minute, "In Your Eyes" is a perfect guide for CPR administration.
#7: Hips Don't Lie by Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean (100 BPM)
Don't go mad - keep the pace going with this infectious, early 2000's hit from Shakira and Wyclef Jean. Holding an undeniable place in music's history, "Hips Don't Lie" is perfect to remember during CPR, and is a perfect 100 beats per minute.
#6: I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash (102 BPM)
Johnny Cash's spoken-word style makes this tune easy to reference in the event of a CPR emergency. Holding a consistent 102 beats per minute throughout the piece, "I Walk the Line" is a great choice to keep consistent CPR rhythm.
#5: Breathe Deeper by Tame Impala (103 BPM)
Admittedly, this may not be the most recognizable song for some, but those into alternative music will definitely recognize this song as a staple. At 103 beats per minute, "Breathe Deeper" is a perfect song for compressions, as well as charmingly appropriate for the subject.
#4: Happier by Marshmello & Bastille (100 BPM)
At 100 beats per minute, "Happier" follows the prescribed compression rate to a tee. A modern, recognizable and upbeat song, "Happier" can help keep spirits up during an emergency all the while keeping the appropriate pace.
#3: Safety Dance by Men Without Hats (102 BPM)
Ahh, who can resist an upbeat tune about safety? At 102 beats per minute, "Safety Dance" is a great tune for some great compressions.
#2: Sussudio by Phil Colins (102 BPM)
From everyone's favorite drummer, Sussudio is driving and upbeat at 102 beats per minute.
#1: Stayin' Alive by Bee Gees (102 BPM)
Alas, to be number one. The Gold Standard in CPR tempo, and one of the most appropriate sets of lyrics for the situation. The Bee Gee's "Stayin' Alive" is a unique, infectious, and driving song set at a perfect 102 beats per minute. Long taught to be the go-to song to hone in on the correct compression tempo, sometimes, there's nothing better than a classic.