Functional First Aid


So, what songs are good for doing CPR to?

We’ve all heard that Staying Alive or Another One Bites the Dust are good songs to do CPR to. Sounds a bit macabre but there’s a few reasons behind it.

  1. Chest compressions can be the difference between life and death.

When doing compressions 100-120 beats per minute is what we aim for to pump oxygenated blood to the brain and organs to keep the cells alive

Instead of trying to count that out, Staying Alive and Another One Bites the Dust help you keep that tempo with the songs having 103BPM and 112 BPM respectively. But these aren’t the only songs. Google will give you a list of songs to do CPR to and there’s usually a song to suit everyone.

Now, you aren’t going to whip out your phone and start singing along, but quietly humming your chosen tune as you compress the chest makes a stressful situation easier. Check our list below for some inspiration.

2. Remember in school we all learnt to sing our ABC’s? Songs and rhymes are commonly used in teaching because they stick, helping us retain important information. Also, songs can be strongly associated with an important memory or learning experiences. In the adrenaline stressed environment where someone collapses, having a song associated with learning to do compressions can trigger vivid recall of what you learnt in your first aid course making CPR easier for you.

Some good CPR song options

If you can tolerate it, Baby Shark has 100BPM

Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake has 113 BPM

I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor has 117 BPM (after a bit of a slow start up)

Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper 120 BPM

Just Dance – Lady Gaga has 119 BPM

Suddenly I See – KT Tunstall has 100 BPM

Crazy – Gnarls Barkley has 112 BPM

Man in the Mirror– Michael Jackson has 100 BPM

One Week – Barenaked Ladies has 113 BPM