Rock, rap or reggae? What's Top of the Pops during surgery?

Nine times out of 10 surgeons are the DJ, study shows

Smooth surgeons own the dial when it comes to the tunes being played in theatres, with most opting for some easy listening to accompany their working day.

The findings from a New Zealand survey reveal that theatre staff are not fans of dance music, hip-hop, R&B, and rap with these genres making up just 3% of the songs commonly heard in a tertiary teaching hospital.

Other hospital staff are also unlikely to hear the soothing sounds of reggae, jazz/blues and folk wafting through the operating room doors. 

Instead, easy listening, pop and classical are Top of the Ops — perhaps because nine times out of 10, surgeons are the ones choosing the music.

Anaesthetic technicians, on the other hand, are the least likely to have a say.

Almost all of the 106 operating room workers responding to the survey said music was played in their theatre, with half saying