Save a Life With the Hands-Only CPR Playlist

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According to the American Heart Association (AHA), most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work, or in a public location could be saved by receiving immediate CPR from someone on the scene. If you witness a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 911, give the dispatcher your location while being as specific as possible, then begin hands-only CPR.

Immediate CPR can double or even triple a person's chance of survival. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the rhythm of any tune that is 100 to 120 beats per minute. The AHA compiled a convenient (and entertaining) playlist of songs that fall into this category and would be an appropriate pace for performing CPR. Familiarizing yourself with the tempo of these tracks may help you respond quickly and effectively in an emergency.

Hands-Only CPR’s “Keep the Beat” 100 BPM Playlist

1 Stole the Show Kygo, Parson James 3:43
2 Lose Yourself to Dance (Originally Performed by Daft Punk Feat. Pharrell Williams) - Vocal Version Singer's Edge Karaoke 6:07
3 Back To Basics - From "Pitch Perfect 2" Soundtrack The Barden Bellas 1:30
4 These Streets Bastille 2:55
5 My Heart Is Open Maroon 5, Gwen Stefani 3:56
6 Lean On Major Lazer, MØ, DJ Snake 2:56
7 Down On The Corner Street Corner Symphony 1:52
8 Sweet Ophelia Zella Day 3:09
9 Kennedy Center Performance - From "Pitch Perfect 2" Soundtrack The Barden Bellas 2:26
10 Hurricane MisterWives 3:59
11 You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile (2014 Film Version) Sia 3:10
12 Stolen Dance Milky Chance 5:13
13 FourFiveSeconds Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney 3:08
14 Stuck on a Feeling - Remake Remix to Prince Royce Feat Snoop Dogg Nino 3:29
15 Worth It Fifth Harmony, Kid Ink 3:44
16 Baby Don't Lie Gwen Stefani 3:22
17 Bailando - Spanish Version Enrique Iglesias, Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona 4:03
18 Like I Can Sam Smith 2:47
19 Lollipop - From "Pitch Perfect 2" Soundtrack The Treblemakers 2:43
20 Riptide Vance Joy 3:24
21 Suddenly I See KT Tunstall 3:21
22 One Step At a Time Jordin Sparks 3:25
23 Hold On Wilson Phillips 4:26
24 Crazy In Love Beyoncé, JAY Z 3:56
25 Unwritten Natasha Bedingfield 4:19
26 This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race Fall Out Boy 3:33
27 On Top Of The World Imagine Dragons 3:09
28 Break Them Aero Chord, Anna Yvette 4:19

There’s something for everyone on this 28-song playlist that includes rock, pop, hip-hop and much more. Take a moment to visualize the hands-only CPR process as you listen to this excellent assortment of tunes.

What do they all have in common? They could help you save a life.

One song missing from this list: John William’s “The Imperial March.” Star Wars fans can imagine Darth Vader’s theme to keep a solid CPR pace.

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