The Bee Gee’s may just save your life. The song “Stayin Alive” in Saturday Night Fever has 103 beats per minute, which is roughly equivalent to the 100 compressions per minute recommended by the American Heart Association for CPR.
Researchers at the University of Illinois had 15 students and doctors perform compressions on mannequins with the song’s beat. Five weeks later, they did the same drill without listening to the song. Participants reported they felt more confident with the song and their technique did not suffer.
Officials say the study shows the song helped people who already know how to do CPR and the results are promising enough to warrant further studies with real patients or untrained people. The results will be presented at an American College of Emergency Physicians Meeting next month.