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Why Listening to Missy Elliott and Beyoncé Could Help You Save Someone's Life


We've all wondered if Beyoncé's voice could actually save lives—and as it turns out, it sort of can. New York Presbyterian Hospital recently released a carefully curated 40-song playlist with artists like Queen Bey, Missy Elliott, ABBA, and even Justin Timberlake in an effort to teach first responders hands-only CPR.

While there are several steps to performing CPR properly, one of the most important things you should do is chest compressions at a rate of 100 beats per minute or BPM. That's where the music comes into play. The tempo for each of the songs on the more than two-hour-long playlist comes in at exactly 100 bpm, providing students learning CPR with the perfect guide to nailing and timing those potentially life-saving compressions.

Some other CPR jams include "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira, the Backstreet Boys' "Quit Playing Games with My Heart," and Gloria Gaynor's breakup anthem, "I Will Survive." Even though it has the potential to cause painful injuries to bones and organs in the process, performing CPR on patients who've gone into cardiac arrest more than doubles their rate of survival—all the more reason to make sure anyone performing the emergency procedure is properly trained. No matter if it's humming Hanson's "MMMBop" or singing "Heartbreaker" by Mariah Carey that works for you, when it comes time to save someone's life, you'll be glad you listened to this playlist on repeat.

The good news is, even if you aren't currently in CPR training (here's to you trainers, teachers, and lifeguards), NYPH's playlist is still filled with old and new jams that are sure to get your heart pumping. (Plus, don't forget that listening to music has a slew of other health benefits like getting you to be more active and making those HIIT workouts more bearable.)


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