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(Do You Know Stayin' Alive?)

The first time cardiologist Sonia Tolani performed CPR outside a hospital was in 2009.

She was on the subway in New York City, headed home from work, when she saw a man slump to the ground and stop breathing.

"It was super crowded, it was like rush hour," she remembers. "I just decided we needed to do something, and dragged him out into the center of the subway train [and] I just started doing CPR."

As she kneeled over him and started chest compressions, she called out to the packed train, "Does anyone else know CPR?" Anthony Medaglia, a hospital labor relations employee, agreed to help her and knelt beside her in his suit.

"The main thing about CPR is maintaining high quality, fast compressions," explains Tolani, "so you don't want to lose steam."

For about 10 minutes, they took turns pressing down hard and fast on the man's chest. At the next subway stop, emergency personnel were waiting with a defibrillator to shock his heart back to a normal rhythm. The man survived.

As news of the CPR rescue spread, Tolani's employer, New York-Presbyterian hospital, decided to take the opportunity to remind ordinary people that cardiac events usually happen outside the hospital, and help them remember the ideal tempo to perform CPR.

They built a website (http://www.nyp.org/cpr/) with information about how to recognize when to do CPR, with an animated video of how to do hands-only CPR as recommended by the American Heart Association.

It also includes a playlist hosted by the music listening service Spotify, called "Songs to do CPR to." All the songs on the playlist have a tempo of 100 to 120 beats per minute, which is the same tempo at which one should give chest compressions during CPR.

The first song is Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees.

1.Bee GeesStayin' Alive
2.Simon & GarfunkelCecilia
3.The Black CrowsHard to Handle
4.Lynyrd SkynyrdSweet Home Alabama
5.Justin TimberlakeRock Your Body
6.Gloria GaynorI Will Survive (Remastered)
7.HansonMMMBop (Single Version)
8.The All-American RejectsGives You Hell
9.Maria Carey, JAY ZHeartbreaker
10.QueenAnother One Bites The Dust
11.MadonnaWho's That Girl
12.Tracy ChapmanFast Car
13.Sugar RayFly
14.Stray CatsRock This Town (Single Edition)
15.Shakira, Wyclef JeanHips Don't Lie
16.Phil CollinsYou Can't Hurry Love (2016)
17.Notorious B.I.G., Lil' Kim,  Puff Daddy)Notorious B.I.G. (feat. Lil' Kim, Puff Daddy)
18.Missy ElliotWork It
19.Marvin GayeWhat's Going On
20.K. T. TunstallSuddenly I See
21.Fallout BoyThis Ain't A Scene, It's an Arms Race
22.Beastie BoysBody Movin' (Digital Remaster)
23.The BanglesWalk Like An Egyptian
24.ABBADancing Queen
25.TPauHeart and Soul
26.Pink FloydAnother Brick In The Wall (Pt 2)
27.Backstreet BoysQuit Playing Games (With My Heart)
28.The DoorsFive To One
29.Gnarls BarkleyCrazy
30.Gordon GreenbaumSpirit In The Sky
31.Cyndi LauperGirls Just Want To Have Fun
32.The MonotonesThe Book of Love
33.Otis Redding(Sitting On) The Dock of the Bay
34.Kris King (feat. Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross)Ain't No Mountain High Enough
35.Michael JacksonMan In The Mirror (Remastered)
36..TrainHey, Soul Sister
37.Modest MouseFloat On
38.Beyonce, JAY ZCrazy In Love
39.Barenaked LadiesOne Week
40.Jimmy Fallon, Justin TimberlakeHistory of Rap (feat. Justin Tamberlake)

Effective Hands Only CPR needs to be performed at a rate of 100/120 beats per minute.
Below is a curated playlist of 100/120 BPM songs.

http://www.nyp.org/cpr/ has updated the table above and now have 47 excellent songs.

1. Lady Gaga, Colby O'DonisJust Dance
2.The Chainsmokers, ColdplaySomething Just Like This
3.AdeleRumor Has It
4.Justin BieberSorry
5.RobynHang With Me
6.Holy GhostOkay
8.Spice GirlsSay You'll Be There (Single Mix)
9.Gloria GaynorI Will Survive (Remastered)
10.Justin TimberlakeRock Your Body
11.Bee GeesStayin' Alive
12.Simon & GarfunkelCecilia
13.The Black CrowsHard to Handle
14.Lynyrd SkynyrdSweet Home Alabama
15HansonMMMBop (Single Version)
16.The All-American RejectsGives You Hell
17.Maria Carey, JAY ZHeartbreaker
18.MadonnaWho's That Girl
19.Tracy ChapmanFast Car
20.Sugar RayFly
21.Stray CatsRock This Town (Single Edition)
22.Shakira, Wyclef JeanHips Don't Lie
23.Phil CollinsYou Can't Hurry Love (2016)
24.Notorious B.I.G., Lil' Kim,  Puff Daddy)Notorious B.I.G. (feat. Lil' Kim, Puff Daddy)
25.Missy ElliotWork It
26.Marvin GayeWhat's Going On
27.K. T. TunstallSuddenly I See
28.Fallout BoyThis Ain't A Scene, It's an Arms Race
29.Beastie BoysBody Movin' (Digital Remaster)
30.The BanglesWalk Like An Egyptian
31.ABBADancing Queen
32.TPauHeart and Soul
33.Pink FloydAnother Brick In The Wall (Pt 2)
34.Backstreet BoysQuit Playing Games (With My Heart)
35.The DoorsFive To One
36.Gnarls BarkleyCrazy
37.Gordon GreenbaumSpirit In The Sky
38.Cyndi LauperGirls Just Want To Have Fun
39.The MonotonesThe Book of Love
40.Otis Redding(Sitting On) The Dock of the Bay
41.Kris King (feat. Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross)Ain't No Mountain High Enough
42.Michael JacksonMan In The Mirror (Remastered)
43.TrainHey, Soul Sister
44.Modest MouseFloat On
45.Beyonce, JAY ZCrazy In Love
46.Barenaked LadiesOne Week
47.Jimmy Fallon, Justin TimberlakeHistory of Rap (feat. Justin Tamberlake)

The playlist(s) raise the question: What kind of monster would run to Spotify to listen to the Bee Gees before attempting to save a life?

Hopefully no one. The playlists) are supposed to help people keep that ideal tempo fresh in their minds, so if they do end up performing CPR, they do it better. One hundred beats per minute is a pretty fast clip, and chest compressions are physically taxing for the person doing them, so there's a temptation to slow down. But CPR is less effective when the tempo lags.

As we have reported, past studies have suggested that having a metronome in the room while medical professionals are performing CPR can be helpful. As we've also reported, listening to music while doing CPR does not make people better at it.

For example, we wrote this about a 2011 study:
"Researchers compared the CPR technique of 74 paramedics, health care professionals and students planning to enter those fields, all of whom had completed CPR training. Each person gave chest compressions for three 1-minute intervals, while listening (in random order) to Disco Science, the country tune Achy Breaky Heart and silence.
Disco Science has a tempo of 105 beats per minute, while Achy Breaky Heart clocks in at 120. Previous research had shown that listening to a song with a beat in line with American Heart Association guidelines of at least 100 chest compressions per minute helped people maintain the proper rate, and that held true in this study.
"But getting the rate right isn't enough. Over half the compressions were too shallow."

Since this playlist is meant to be listened to beforehand and recalled later by people of multiple generations, there's a real incentive to make it a celebration of the many earworms between 100 and 120 beats per minute from the last four decades.

In addition to Stayin' Alive, Hanson's MMMbop, Michael Jackson's Man In The Mirror, Missy Elliott's Work It, Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Want To Have Fun and Mariah Carey's Heartbreaker also made the list.

Another One Bites the Dust by Queen is one thematically interesting choice to include.

Alaina Paciulli of Seiden advertising company was one of the people who helped choose the songs for the playlist.

"We wanted them to be popular songs, wanted them to be songs that people already knew by heart," she says. "And we wanted them to span all types of genres."

"The whole point is just to have fun, and if you can save somebody's life while humming Missy Elliott's Work It, then that's OK with us!"

Paciulli says the playlist has about 3,000 followers at this point, and that they are considering updating it with newer hits.

January 21, 2018

"Stayin' Alive" is a disco song written and performed by the Bee Gees from the Saturday Night Fever motion picture soundtrack. The song was released on 13 December 1977 as the second single from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. The band co-produced the song with Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson. It is one of the Bee Gees' signature songs. In 2004, "Stayin' Alive" was placed at number 189 on the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2004, it ranked No. 9 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema. In a UK television poll on ITV in December 2011 it was voted fifth in "The Nation's Favourite Bee Gees Song".

On its release, "Stayin' Alive" climbed the charts to hit the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of 4 February 1978, remaining there for four weeks. In the process, it became one of the band's most recognisable tunes, in part because of its place at the beginning of Saturday Night Fever. In the US, it would become the second of six consecutive number-one singles, tying the record with the Beatles for most consecutive number ones in the US at the time (a record broken by Whitney Houston who achieved seven consecutive number-ones).

"Stayin' Alive" was used in a study to train medical professionals to provide the correct number of chest compressions per minute while performing CPR. The song has close to 104 beats per minute, and 100–120 chest compressions per minute are recommended by the British Heart Foundation and endorsed by the Resuscitation Council (UK). A study on medical professionals found that the quality of CPR is better when thinking about "Stayin' Alive". This was parodied in the Season 5 episode of comedy series The Office "Stress Relief" and the song itself was used in a season 11 episode of the medical drama Grey's Anatomy in 2015.

On 15 June 2011, the song was featured in a Hands Only CPR PSA campaign video from the American Heart Association and featured actor and medical doctor Ken Jeong in the classic John Travolta outfit from Saturday Night Fever. Vinnie Jones stars in a UK version of this CPR video in association with the British Heart Foundation shown on TV in January 2012.




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