The Bee Gees Weren’t Kidding When They Called That Song “Stayin’ Alive”

Oct 16th, 2008 // 4 Comments

Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother performing CPR, if you just remember to time your compressions to the beat of the Bee Gees’ Saturday Night Fever-soundtracking disco anthem, you’ll have a much higher chance of saving the person who’s dying, according to a team of doctors. That’s because the tempo of the song is 103 BPM, which almost matches the ideal cardio-pulmonary resuscitation rate of 100 BPM. But what if you’re trying to save the life of someone who isn’t a disco fan? What other songs could help you remember the ideal heartbeat?

My metronome’s in the shop, so all I could find was Yael Naim’s “New Soul” (100 BPM–for the dying Apple diehard) and Jordin Sparks’ “One Step At A Time” (102 BPM — for the champion of “modesty”). If we put together a genre-spanning list of appropriately tempered songs, we can all help save a life maybe someday! (By the way, the Fray’s “How To Save A Life” is apparently 122 BPM. Nice to know that it’s still completely useless.)

[Reuters; HT Andy Beta / YouTube]


  1. Anonymous

    Thanks Maura, just why I love reading that blog. Can’t wait to mention that while dining with friends. This is a priceless piece of news.

  2. Chris N.

    I’m going with “Prophets of Rage” by Public Enemy.

  3. jopari actually likes the G1, thank you very much.

    Make sure that your version of Stayin’ Alive isn’t the one from Airplane! — they sped it up so much that Bee Gees sound like the Chipmunks.

  4. bcapirigi

    One Step At A Time does sound an awful lot like it was designed to be played in doctors’ offices.

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