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CPR training medical procedure - Demonstrating chest compressions on CPR doll. (Photo by toeytoey2530/Getty Images)

Have you heard the American Heart Association’s radio commercials for Hands-Only CPR? They encourage us to become familiar with the right way to administer chest compressions to someone who may be suffering from a cardiac episode. One of the keys to doing it correctly is BPM, or beats per minute, and having certain songs in your head can help.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the first thing you should do if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse is have someone call 911. Then, push hard and fast in the center of the chest at a rate of 100-120 beats per minute until help arrives. Click here to learn more about Hand-Only CPR.

So what about those songs I mentioned? The American Heart Association has created a playlist on Spotify called “Don’t Drop The Beat,” which includes nearly 60 popular songs that fall in that sweet spot of 100-120 BPM. The classic example is “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, which is appropriate because the goal is to keep someone alive. Check out some more lifesaving tunes below!

AHA-Recommended Songs For Hands-Only CPR

  • "Stayin' Alive" - Bee Gees (1977)

  • "This Is How We Do It" - Montell Jordan (1995)

  • "Can't Stop The Feeling" - Justin Timberlake (2016)

  • "Ring of Fire" - Johnny Cash (1963)

  • "Adventures Of A Lifetime" - Coldplay (2015)

  • "More Than A Feeling" - Boston (1976)

  • "Ice Ice Baby" - Vanilla Ice (1990)

  • "All Star" - Smash Mouth (1999)

  • "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" - Whitney Houston (1987)

  • "Eye Of The Tiger" - Survivor (1982)

  • "Poker Face" - Lady Gaga (2008)

  • "Monday Morning" - Fleetwood Mac (1975)

  • "Intergalactic" - Beastie Boys (1998)

  • "Don't Wanna Know" - Maroon 5 ft. Kendrick Lamar (2017)

  • "Motown Philly" - Boyz II Men (1991)

  • "Semi-Charmed Life" - Third Eye Blind (1997)

  • "Rhythm Nation"- Janet Jackson (1989)

  • "Take A Chance On Me" - ABBA (1977)

  • "Jump" - Kris Kross (1992)

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