Helmet Music Challenge 2021

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 2021

1. The title of the work includes a promise or a wish

2. An album with a monochromatic cover

3. A children’s song about an exotic animal

4. A song about an object or item with a story

5. Shepherding music

6. A song or melody about a friend or friendship

7. An album with light and shadows on the cover

8. Music inspired by the Kalevala

9. Instrumental music by a Japanese composer

10. Music or an album released in 1971

11. A work with a bird in its title

12. A work by a Polish composer

13. Music by a transgender musician

14. Music performed in Hawaiian

15. Songs with supernatural themes

16. A song or work based on or inspired by a book

17. A song or album about dance or dancing

18. Songs dedicated to a mother

19. Bossa nova music from Brazil

20. Three Eurovision Song Contest winners from different decades

21. A song about hair

22. Music performed by a swing orchestra

23. Krautrock

24. Music by an artist or musician with a sensory disability

25. A work by a contemporary Finnish composer

26. Music by a Canadian artist

27. Music by a Filipino artist or band

28. A song with lyrics in more than one language

29. A classic of electronic music

30. Lullabies from Finland and abroad

31. A work with a day of the week in the title

32. Nu metal music

33. Music played on traditional Chinese instruments

34. A progressive rock album released in the 21st century

35. An opera in Italian

36. Music released by Chess Records

37. A Finnish-language album published in the 21st century

38. Music played on a harmonica

39. Mariachi music

40. Music by a singer with a successful solo career after leaving a band

41. Music released by Island Records

42. Music performed by an Iranian pop singer

43. A song about a teddy bear or a doll

44. A work featuring a nyckelharpa

45. Music by a band whose name contains four letters

46. Rock music from Thailand

47. The soundtrack of an animated film

48. An album released in 2021

49. Solos composed by Oskar Merikanto

50. Christmas music performed by a Finnish choir

A printable version of the Music Challenge (PDF)

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