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CPR shuffle: The life-saving playlist you need

Every song on our list falls within the recommended 100 to 120 bpm range to perform CPR


Chest compressions should be administered using a rhythm of 100 to 120 bpm.

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Just like a good beat is required to properly dance, a steady rhythm is necessary when performing CPR. While “The Office” helped make the song “Staying Alive” a popular life-saving soundtrack, you might be getting tired of the Bee Gees. For a change of pace, we’ve compiled a list of songs ranging from 100 to 120 bmp, the recommended range to perform CPR.

Do you have a go-to song you hum when you’re administering compressions that we don’t have?

Read next: 5 steps to delivering high-quality CPR

The CPR Shuffle

Add these songs to your music library, or listen with our Spotify playlist below.

  1. “Glory Days” – Bruce Springsteen: 117 bpm
  2. “The Real Slim Shady” – Eminem: 105 bpm
  3. “Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga: 119 bpm
  4. “Purple Rain” – Prince: 113 bpm
  5. “Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson: 117 bpm
  6. “Rumor Has It” – Adele: 120 bpm
  7. “Rock Your Body” – Justin Timberlake: 101 bpm
  8. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana: 117 bpm
  9. “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” – Toby Keith: 112 bpm
  10. “All Star” – Smash Mouth: 104 bpm
  11. “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” – Backstreet Boys: 108 bpm
  12. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” – Whitney Houston: 119 bpm
  13. “Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor: 109 bpm
  14. “Ring of Fire” – Johnny Cash: 105 bpm
  15. “Ice Ice Baby” – Vanilla Ice: 116 bpm
  16. “Monday Morning” – Fleetwood Mac: 106 bpm
  17. “Baby Shark” – Pinkfong: 115 bpm
  18. “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” – Will Smith: 108 bpm
  19. “Country Girl” – Luke Bryan: 106 bpm
  20. “Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Justin Timberlake: 113 bpm

This article, originally published in July 2022, has been updated.

Rachel Engel is an award-winning journalist and the senior editor of and In addition to her regular editing duties, Engel seeks to tell the heroic, human stories of first responders and the importance of their work. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and began her career as a freelance writer, focusing on government and military issues. Engel joined Lexipol in 2015 and has since reported on issues related to public safety. Engel lives in Wichita, Kansas. She can be reached via email.