Medical Mysteries of Music

Is Your Surgeon a Rock Fan? That’s Good. Here’s Why.

We’ve all seen TV shows featuring surgeons performing delicate procedures while music is playing in the operating room. Music keeps things calm, keeps the pace up and helps everyone to stay awake during those long procedures. But what kind of music is best for this kind of work?

Back in June, Spotify surveyed some 700 surgeons and healthcare pros in over 50 countries about their operating room playlist preferences. In addition to discovering that 90% of surgeons like music whilst they operate (and that 89% of them favoured playlists reign over listening to albums), they came up with a ranking of genre favourites.

  1. Rock
  2. Pop
  3. Classical
  4. Jazz
  5. R&B

Breaking things down further, pop was the favourite genre for anesthesiologists (59% voted for pop) with rock in second place (44%).

The next survey should be what patients want to hear when they’re under the knife. After all, not all procedures are done under a general. What would make you feel better during a C-section?

More here.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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