Floyd track is best for surgery
Comfortably Numb recommended listening for operating theatre - while Queen, Dylan and REM songs are to be avoided
Pink Floyd classic Comfortably Numb is one of a handful of songs recommended for surgeons as they lead medical operations.
But a study by Cardiff University Hospital says Queen’s Another One Bites The Dust, Bob Dylan’s Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door and REM’s Everybody Hurts should be avoided.
While the suggestions are light-hearted, they’re backed up by a serious study that’s found four out of five operations are carried out while staff listen to music.
The report in the British Medical Journal says it “improves communication between staff, reduces anxiety and improves efficiency.”
And surgeons who listen regularly say it helps them increase performance and helps them focus.
Cardiff University’s recommended listening
Pink Floyd: Comfortably Numb
Bee Gees: Stayin’ Alive
Sade: Smooth Operator
Wham: Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Coldplay: Fix You
What not to play
Queen: Another One Bites The Dust
Bob Dylan: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
REM: Everybody Hurts
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Scar Tissue
Radiohead: Knives Out