Helmet Music Challenge 2024

Since 2015, the Helmet Reading Challenge has inspired people to find something new and interesting to read and to share it with others. In 2018, music lovers were also invited to look for new listening experiences, both independently and with others. 

It is now time for a new Music Challenge. We present to you 50 new ways to select what to listen to from the abundant world of music.

Here we go again, come along!

What is the Music Challenge?

The year-long Music Challenge encourages you to listen to 50 songs, compositions, releases, albums or compilations that you have never heard before.

For whom?

The Music Challenge is suitable for anyone, and everyone can tackle it in their own way, either by staying safely in their comfort zone or by heading bravely into uncharted territories. You can also complement the Challenge with concerts and gigs. The challenge is an excellent way to update your musical knowledge, gain new experiences, test or broaden your tastes and to simply enjoy music!


Just like in the Reading Challenge, you can listen to new music at your own pace but you can also follow the given order week by week. The library staff will also give listening tips in the Music Challenge group on Facebook. Join the group to share your listening experiences and chat with other Music Challenge participants! 

Start diving for musical pearls! Find the pleasure of listening, throw yourself into the world of music, take up the Music Challenge!

Helmet Music Challenge 2024

  1. A funk record from the 1970s 
  2. A work or song featuring polyrhythm 
  3. A raga corresponding to the time of day 
  4. Music composed in 1924 
  5. Music inspired by a comic book 
  6. A song featuring someone playing the shakuhachi 
  7. An album or song about friendship 
  8. Estonian orchestral music 
  9. The soundtrack of a Finnish film 
  10. An aria sung by a soprano 
  11. A record featuring someone playing the cuica 
  12. Music recommended by library staff 
  13. Music composed by a royal court composer
  14. A song featuring whistling 
  15. Music composed for Finnish-language poems 
  16. A work inspired by visual art 
  17. Music composed for the lute or theorbo 
  18. Drum and bass music from the 2000s 
  19. Heavy music from Sweden 
  20. Pelimanni (spelman) music from the Uusimaa region 
  21. Music played on everyday household items 
  22. Tracker music from the 1990s 
  23. A record by an artist who has busked 
  24. Archipelago-themed music 
  25. A record released by the Motown record label 
  26. Big band music 
  27. Summery rap music 
  28. Argentinian tango 
  29. A record from the 1960s featuring sounds produced through FM synthesis 
  30. A record or song about sports 
  31. Atonal music 
  32. A record released in 1974 
  33. A Phrygian composition 
  34. An avant garde metal record 
  35. Hiking-themed music 
  36. A self-published record 
  37. Music from the classical antiquity period 
  38. Music performed in 1524 
  39. A synthwave record 
  40. A work featuring throat singing 
  41. Finnish rock music from the 2020s 
  42. A record featuring someone playing the banjo 
  43. Braindance music 
  44. An ambient record 
  45. A recording based on improvisation 
  46. A song or record that gives you energy for everyday chores 
  47. Ethiopian jazz 
  48. Electro from Detroit 
  49. Opera music from China 
  50. Christmas music from the Baroque period 

A printable version of the Music Challenge (PDF)

Materials for libraries

Music Challenge in other languages 

Helmet Music Challenge in Finnish

Helmet Music Challenge in Swedish

Helmet Music Challenge in Russian 

See also: 

Helmet Reading Challenge

The Litlle Helmet Reading Challenge

Helmet Game Challenge

Helmet Film Challenge

The Little Helmet Film Challenge