Helmet Music Challenge 2022

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 2022

  1. A song that gives life advice
  2. Music by an artist born in 1922
  3. A song with a title that includes a name of a city
  4. A work or album that includes a rare instrument
  5. A song that mentions a newspaper or magazine
  6. Contemporary Sámi language music
  7. An album or work you give to a friend as a gift
  8. Music related to sports
  9. Music recommended by your favourite artist
  10. Music by an Afghan-born female vocalist
  11. Celtic music
  12. A work with a weather phenomenon in its title
  13. Music composed to Eino Leino’s poems
  14. Music by a Finnish Romani musician
  15. A work with a fruit in its title
  16. A song that you think is translated well from another language
  17. Music that you would like to play
  18. A work or album that was originally banned or censored
  19. Music by Nordic representatives of the Eurovision Song Contest
  20. Music by a band with more than ten members
  21. Finnish blues
  22. A song that is somehow related to your life
  23. Music by a German band
  24. Finnish film music
  25. Finnish or Swedish language reggae music
  26. An album you would take with you to a deserted island
  27. Music by a non-binary artist
  28. Goa trance music
  29. A song with a title that features a female name
  30. Classical music you would listen to outdoors on a sunny day
  31. Music by a Ukrainian artist or band
  32. A cat-themed work or song
  33. Music by an artist born in the 2000s
  34. Songs from the sea
  35. A song with lyrics that resemble a letter or message
  36. A rock band or artist on stage with a classical orchestra
  37. A Geffen Records release
  38. Music in a language you do not understand.
  39. Road trip songs
  40. Jùjú music from Nigeria
  41. A work with a title featuring the name of a star, constellation or planet
  42. A live album of a concert recorded in 1972
  43. Post-rock
  44. Music of a Finnish vocalist who sings in Swedish
  45. A song that will brighten the darkest of days
  46. A song with a title that features a male name
  47. A song with lyrics that are addressed to a young person or child
  48. Music by a physically impaired artist or musician
  49. A song with lyrics that express gratitude to someone or for something
  50. Christmas-themed instrumental music

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