They've got the beat: 100 beats per minute that is. That's the criteria shared by the songs on New York-Presbyterian Hospital's “ Songs to do CPR to ” Spotify playlist.
Forty-seven songs from a variety of artists and genres made the cut. Each track has a BPM of 100, the optimal beat to achieve 100 chest compressions per minute.
If you're in the mood for Southern rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd's ode to the band members' home state, “Sweet Home Alabama,” is on the list. “Work It” from Missy Elliott might give you encouragement to develop your CPR skills. “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga might get you moving. And you know Gloria Gaynor's “I Will Survive” had to make the list.
Beyonce, Phil Collins, Otis Redding, Shakira, Modest Mouse and Michael Jackson are among the other artists whose tracks are featured. It's part of NYPH's #HandsOnlyCPR campaign.
NYPH spokesperson Lauren Browdy told NBC that NYPH cardiologist Dr. Holly Anderson “has been advocating for everyone to learn Hands Only CPR with three easy steps: check, call, compress. Her goal is to teach everyone to not be afraid to jump in.”
The playlist has gained a large following since March with more than 78,000 likes, and a viral Twitter thread this month helped give the playlist another boost.
As one featured Bee Gees cut would put it, the list is “Stayin' Alive.”