Take part in the Helmet Music Challenge

Your challenge is to listen to 50 songs, works, releases, recordings or collections that were previously unknown to you during 2021. Check out the rules!

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