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Music in the OR: Turn It Up, or Turn It Off?

Brandon Cohen


May 11, 2017

The final word, however, goes to an anesthesiologist who has made a surprising observation. "Patients come off bypass with a heart rate that matches the rhythm of the music we were playing at the moment."

The following playlist is based the OR favorites of Medscape users. Link to Spotify to listen. The original discussion of this topic, including user comments and song suggestions, is available here.

Medscape Surgical Soundtrack
Song Title Artist
Fantasia No. 1 in D Minor (arr. for 8-string guitar) Andrew Schulman
De Pies a Cabeza Manà, Nicky Jam
Reflexo Tagore
Holding Back the Years—2008 Remastered Version Simply Red
In the Air Tonight—2015 Remastered Phil Collins
Garota de Ipanema Bossa Nova
Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long Long Time) Elton John
Summer of '69 Bryan Adams
So Nice Jim Tomlinson
Nights in White Satin—Single Version The Moody Blues
Jump—2015 Remastered Version Van Halen
Enter Sandman Metallica
La Grange—2005 Remastered Version ZZ Top
Only Time—Original Version Enya
Dream On Aerosmith
Fly Me to the Moon Frank Sinatra, Count Basie
At Last—Single Version Etta James
Back in Black AC/DC
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in G Minor, RV 315 "L'estate" Antonio Vivaldi, Nigel Kennedy
Tom Sawyer Rush
Serenade in G Major: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525: I. Allegro Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Bamboleo Gipsy Kings
Stayin' Alive Bee Gees
Pride and Joy Stevie Ray Vaughan
Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 1: For Unto Us a Child is Born Part I George Frideric Handel
The Way It Is Bruce Hornsby and The Range
Ave Maria Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles Gounod, Yo-Yo Ma
Impromptus, D 899, Op. 90: III. Andante Franz Schubert, Rudolf Buchbinder
Lay Down Sally Eric Clapton
One Love/People Get Ready Bob Marley & The Wailers
Ocean Blue Earl Klugh
Comfortably Numb Pink Floyd
Clocks Coldplay
Sultans of Swing Dire Straits
And She Was (45 Version) Talking Heads
Better Together Jack Johnson
I Wanna Be Sedated—Remastered Ramones
Crazy Seal

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