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Beyoncé's Music Could Literally Save Your Life

Beyoncé's Music Could Literally Save Your Life

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Beyoncé, Madonna and Shakira are best suited to soundtrack CPR.

There's a common rule during CPR courses that beginners should perform chest compressions to the beat of, appropriately, "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees.

But just in case the Bee Gees aren't your thing and "Stayin' Alive" puts a little too much pressure on a life or death situation for you, the New York Presbyterian Hospital has come up with a CPR playlist that has a song for everyone.

The goal during CPR is to perform 100 compressions per minute as to imitate a heartbeat, so along with "Stayin' Alive," songs like Beyonce's "Crazy In Love," Justin Timberlake's "Rock Your Body," and Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" clock in at 100 beats per minute, giving you a mental metronome to keep time with.

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But be warned: if you think "Stayin' Alive" puts too much pressure on the CPR-giver to, you know, keep the person in cardiac arrest alive, you may want to avoid songs like Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Surive," the Backstreet Boys' "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," and Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust."

Other songs featured on the playlist include Madonna's "Who's That Girl," The All-American Rejects' "Gives You Hell," Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie," Hanson's "MMMBop" and The Bangles' "Walk Like An Egyptian." See the full playlist, below.

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