Sometimes music literally saves lives. These 53 songs will help you find the right rhythm during chest compressions.
Tens of thousands of people die of cardiac arrest in Germany every year. But it doesn’t have to be! If you perform resuscitation correctly, you can double your chances of saving a life.
The first responder plays a critical role, as the first few minutes after cardiac and respiratory arrest are crucial. Quick and competent action is the key to success. This is why everyone should take part in a first aid course at least once.
Here’s how to perform CPR:
- Position yourself high on the chest.
- Place the heel of your hand on the lower third (center of the chest) of the victim.
- Place the ball of the other hand on your first hand.
- Make sure that your arms are stretched out and vertical on the affected person.
- Now press 30 times at least five to a maximum of six cm deep on the chest with a rhythm of at least. 100 to the max. 120 beats per minute.
- Ventilation and cardiac massage then take place in constant alternation: 30 x pressure, 2 x ventilation.
100 to 120 beats per minute is excellent
The frequency at which to perform resuscitation is difficult for many to estimate. 100 beats per minute are ideal. To keep this rhythm, we’ve put together a playlist of 53 songs that can save lives.
If you perform chest compressions to these songs, you are usually doing everything right.
The most famous song that has saved the most lives is “Stayin’ Alive” by the English pop group Bee Gees. The appropriate title and the beat of 103 beats per minute make the disco song the ideal lifesaver.
Other classics include “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor, “Rock Your Body” by Justin Timberlake, and “Heartbreaker” by Mariah Carey & Jay Z.
If you’re better at remembering a German-language song, you’ve come to the right place with the Hit song “Breathless through the night” by Helene Fischer well advised.
(At the end of the article, we’ve put together a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)
The best songs for chest compressions:
1. Bee Gees – Stayin Alive
The disco classic Stayin Alive by the Bee Gees appeared on the soundtrack to the movie Saturday Night Fever in late 1977. Robin Gibb explained that the song is about survival in the big city in general. The song made it to the charts in over 20 countries, including Germany, the USA, and the UK.
For chest compressions, doctors and paramedics recommend a frequency of about 100 to 120 repetitions per minute. The classic song from the ’80s has a lot to do with about 103 beats per minute (BPM) the ideal beat frequency. Another advantage is that almost everyone in the world has the chorus or at least the melody in their ears. The title is also very appropriate in this context.
That’s what makes it so perfect for resuscitation, and it’s still used in first aid classes today.
2. Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell Williams – Blurred Lines
Blurred Lines was created in collaboration with Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell Williams, who also participated as a producer and songwriter. The song appeared in 2103 on Thicke’s album of the same name. The song made it to the charts of over 25 countries right away.
Nevertheless, the lyrics of the song did not go down well with all listeners. Some accused the singers of sexism. Williams and Thicke had, according to their statements, a completely different intention.
For them, the song was about the image of “good girl/bad girl” and what is considered appropriate behavior for a woman in society. Hence the title Blurred Lines, i.e. blurred lines. With around 120 bpm Blurred Lines is also suitable for reanimation. The relatively catchy chorus is easy to remember and recall in case of emergency.
Since it is still comparatively current, it is also a good way for younger first responders to find the right beat for resuscitation.
3. Queen – Another One Bites the Dust
The song is from 8. Studio album of the British band Queen from the year 1980. It quickly became a worldwide hit, earning the band a Music Award and a Grammy nomination.
The meaning of the song is more complex than it seems at first glance. In general, it’s about never giving up, whether in battle or in love and facing all odds. To this day, the song has been covered countless times and has been used again and again in film and television. So the Queen song is still a real one today Earworm and everyone has heard it at some point.
The song brings it to a frequency of about 110 bpm. The frequency and general awareness make the song a lifesaver in the first case.
4. ABBA – Dancing Queen
The famous Euro-pop song by Swedish group ABBA was released in 1976. It was the only ABBA song to make it to #1 in the USA. The music video has been viewed over 320 million times and is still one of the band’s most popular songs today.
The song is about a disco visit, a young girl and the joy of dancing. Dancing Queen has been covered several times and is an integral part of the ABBA musical and the movie Mamma Mia. This song belongs on the list of first aid songs because it meets all the necessary criteria: It brings it to about 100 bpm, it is also generally known as a classic.
Through the musical and the film adaptations also younger people know the earworm of ABBA very well.
5. The Beatles – Yellow Submarine
Who did not know Yellow Submarine already at the times of the Beatles, probably sang it at the latest as a pupil in the music instruction. In fact, the song was intended as a pure children’s song, without a deeper message.
The song tells the story of a sailor and his life in the yellow submarine. Nevertheless, at that time many Performered political and socio-critical messages into the lines. It was the 13. The single release of the Beatles and brought them a number 1 hit in 10 countries.
In the USA Yellow Submarine even won a gold record. With 112 bpm the song is well suited to set the beat for cardiac massage. The lyrics of the chorus are simple and consist of only 7 different words in total.
This is easy to remember and perfect for emergencies.
6. AC/DC – Highway to Hell
For die-hard hard rock fans, there is of course also the ultimate life-saving song. Highway to Hell came out in 1979 as the first single off the album of the same name. The band liked to promote their albums with large-scale tours.
The song Highway to Hell should be a reference to this exhausting tour life. The song was included in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time and has also made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The hard rock classic brings it to a good 116 bpm, so best suited for performing a reanimation.
Again, the melody and lyrics are catchy and you immediately have it in your head when it comes down to it. Because when it comes to saving lives, every second counts.
7. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
Get Lucky is a song by the French duo Daft Punk from 2013 and was sung by Pharrell Williams. The song made the top 10 charts in over 32 countries and has sold over 9 million copies.
It also won two Grammys in the Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance categories. The song, according to Williams, is about the connection of two people just getting to know each other and the sexual sizzle when the chemistry between the two is right. The song brings it to 116 bpm. The chorus of this song is also very simple and therefore easy to remember.
So if you recall the chorus during resuscitation, you’ll have the perfect beat for chest compressions.
8. Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
The song is from Gaga’s third studio album and was released in 2009. With nearly 6 million digital downloads, it was certified 11-times platinum by the RIAA. Additionally, the record has sold over 12 million copies worldwide, making it one of the most successful singles of all time.
In Bad Romance Lady Gaga describes her penchant for unhappy love affairs. Bad Romance has a frequency of about 120 bpm, which is still in the upper range for a cardiac massage. Thinking about the song, you pretty quickly think of the chorus, which is basically just a few sounds and a single phrase. Pretty simple or?
The song is nevertheless, or maybe because of that, a real earworm. It deserves to be on the list of songs that can save lives.
9. One Direction – Best Song Ever
The lead singer of the British-Irish band’s third studio album was released in 2013. The song is about a party night where they meet a girl and dance with her to a great song, which they can’t remember the next day. In the American market, it was actually One Direction’s best song ever, as it was their highest charting song in the U.S. to date.
In total, the record went platinum 3 times and gold 6 times. Best Song Ever is one of those songs you hear on the radio and then can’t get out of your head, whether you’re listening to Boybands stands or does not stand. It has earworm potential and easy-to-remember lyrics.
At about 118 bpm you also have a good default for the cardiac massage.
10. Bruno Mars – Treasure
Treasure is a single from Bruno Mars’ second studio album and was released in 2013. Like some other famous Bruno Mars songs, this one is about a woman and how wonderful she is. The single went 16 times platinum and 4 times gold worldwide (for sales and streaming download).
The song has a certain funk that was very fresh at the time and was later picked up by many other artists. This sound makes it an earworm that you can’t easily get rid of. This is an important quality because even in an exceptional situation, the song must be immediately retrievable for you and quickly come back to you when it counts.
Treasure runs at 116 bpm and is good for keeping time.
The places 11-53 of the best songs to save lives
Each song is linked to the corresponding music video via the title.
|11.||I Will Survive||Gloria Gaynor|
|12.||Breathless through the night||Helene Fisher|
|13.||Who’s That Girl||Madonna|
|14.||Heart and Soul||T’Pau|
|16.||Fly (feat. Super Cat)||Sugar Ray|
|17.||Rock Your Body||Justin Timberlake|
|18.||Hips Don’t Lie||Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean|
|19.||Suddenly I See||KT Tunstall|
|20.||Just Dance [feat. Colby O’Donis]||Lady Gaga|
|21.||Fast Car||Tracy Chapman|
|22.||Cecilia||Simon & Garfunkel|
|24.||(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay||Otis Redding|
|26.||You Can’t Hurry Love||Phil Collins|
|27.||Five To One||The Doors|
|28.||Hard To Handle||The Black Crowes|
|29.||Heartbreaker||Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z|
|30.||What’s Going On||Marvin Gaye||—|
|31.||Something Just Like This||The Chainsmokers & Coldplay|
|32.||Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)||Backstreet Boys|
|33.||Say You’ll Be There||Spice Girls|
|34.||This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race||Fall Out Boy|
|35.||Rumour Has It||Adele|
|36.||Work It||Missy Elliott|
|37.||Another Brick In The Wall||Pink Floyd|
|38.||Gives You Hell||The All-American Rejects|
|39.||Sweet Home Alabama||Lynyrd Skynyrd|
|40.||Yellow Submarine||The Beatles|
|41.||One Week||Barenaked Ladies|
|42.||Rock This Town||The Stray Cats|
|45.||Body Movin’||Beastie Boys|
|46.||Crazy in Love||Beyoncé|
|47.||Hang With Me||Robyn|
|48.||Walk Like an Egyptian||The Bangles|
|49.||Man In The Mirror||Michael Jackson|
|50.||Book Of Love||The Monotones|
|51.||Spirit in the Sky||Norman Greenbaum|
|52.||Hey, Soul Sister||Train|
|53.||Girls Just Want to Have Fun||Cyndi Lauper|
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Choosing the right song for reanimation is a matter of taste. The important thing is that you choose a song that works for you as an earworm. Because you need to be able to recall the song immediately, even in a stressful situation, to start chest compressions right away.
Then you can save lives in an emergency.