WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive has long been recognized as the pace-setter for performing CPR.
- For modern alternatives, MailOnline released its list of 2019’s most popular songs that have the tempo recommended for CPR (100-120 BPM).
- At the top of the list is Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved.
The tempo of the Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive has made it a pace-setter for performing CPR — probably because of the 2012 advertisement that showed Vinnie Jones’ demonstration.
But for those unfamiliar with the 70’s classic, MailOnline just released its list of 2019’s most popular songs that can be used as an alternative.
The NHS recommends chest compression intervals to be performed at a tempo of 100-120 beats per minute (BPM).
Among YouTube’s music videos with the recommended tempo, Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved has the most views.
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s I Don’t Care also made the list at third place.
Over the years, several other songs have been used to pace CPR — these include Queen’s Another One Bites The Dust and the 1956 children’s song Nellie The Elephant.
But ever since the British Heart Foundation showed the Stayin’ Alive advert in 2012, the NHS has continued to promote its demonstration on its website.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a life-saving technique used in many emergencies, such as heart attacks or drowning.
When the heart stops, the lack of oxygenated blood flow can lead to brain damage — and death within eight to 10 minutes.
CPR helps stimulate oxygenated blood flow to the brain and vital organs until a more definitive medical treatment can restore the heart’s normal rhythm.
“You never know when you’re going to need to perform CPR, so it is vitally important that everyone knows what to do in the event of a cardiac arrest,” advised Philippa Hobson, a senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation.
She continued, “When you see somebody unconscious and not breathing or breathing normally, call [emergency services] and start doing CPR.
“To give CPR, you need to do 100-120 compressions per minute. When you think of the tempo of songs such as Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees, this can help you do the compressions at the correct speed.”
She concluded, “Doing something is always better than doing nothing.”
Here is the list of 2019’s top 10 CPR songs:
- Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi
- Happier (feat. Bastille) – Marshmello
- I Don’t Care – Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber
- Shotgun – George Ezra
- Señorita – Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello
- Dancing With A Stranger – Sam Smith, Normani
- Location (feat. Burna Boy) – Dave
- Wow. – Post Malone
- Boasty (feat. Idris Elba) – Wiley, Stefflon Don, Sean Paul
- Options – NSG