Top Songs to Think of While Performing CPR

Performing CPR can be a hectic procedure. When you are under pressure and have someone’s life on the line, it can be easy to lose track of what you are doing. You might end up going too fast or too slow and reducing the effectiveness of your efforts. There are several songs that you can commit to memory and sing to yourself while performing CPR that can help you keep a proper pace. Find out which tracks can help you from the team at In-Pulse below and contact us for information about our classes today!

“Stayin’ Alive” – Bee Gees – 103 BPM

The classic “Stayin’ Alive” is probably the most famous example of a song to use to measure your beats per minute while performing CPR. It is right in the sweet spot that is 100-120 bpm that you want to aim for when doing chest compressions. 

“Dancing Queen” – ABBA – 100 BPM

Don’t be afraid to sing “Dancing Queen” out loud while you are performing chest compressions. It may seem silly at the moment, especially considering the serious nature of the situation. But, if it helps you keep a consistent pace, it is absolutely worth it.

“Cecilia” – Simon & Garfunkel – 102 BPM

The goal of utilizing a song to help guide your CPR chest compressions is to ensure that you don’t have to think too much about what you are doing. “Cecilia” is a great example of a track that you can use to make the process feel like second nature.

“Hard To Handle” – The Black Crowes – 104 BPM

“Hard To Handle” is one of those earworm songs that is hard to get out of your head once you have heard a line or two. This is a good thing when it comes to measuring chest compressions — you can always call upon this track to help you keep an accurate and steady pace when performing CPR.

“Can’t Stop The Feeling” – Justin Timberlake – 113 BPM

One of the more modern and slightly faster-paced songs that you can use to help with your CPR compressions is Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling.” It doesn’t matter if the track is old or new as long as it has between 100-120 beats per minute.

Committing these songs to memory and matching your chest compressions to their beats per minute can not only help you keep your composure in a stressful situation, but it can also help save a life. Make sure that you are prepared in the event that you need to perform CPR. Sign up for classes with In-Pulse to learn more today.


Shania Belden