Finnish folk music is typically influenced by Karelian traditional tunes and lyrics of the Kalevala metre. Karelian heritage has traditionally been perceived as the purest expression of Finnic myths and beliefs, thought to be spared from Germanic and Slavic influences. In the west of the country, more mainstream Nordic folk music traditions prevail. The Sami people of northern Finland have their own musical traditions, collectively Sami music. Finnish folk music has undergone a roots revival in the recent decades, and has also become a part of popular music.
Contemporary Finnish music includes a renowned Heavy metal music scene, in common with the other Nordic countries, as well as a number of prominent rock and pop bands, jazz musicians, hip hop performers and makers of dance music.
Like much of Scandinavia, Finland's main contribution to modern popular music may be rock music and particluarly heavy metal music, goth music and related fields. Heavy metal scene includes bands like Nightwish, Stratovarius, Sentenced, Sonata Arctica, Children of Bodom, Amorphis and Finntroll. Other Finnish rock bands include Apocalyptica, The 69 Eyes, HIM, among others finnish finnish metal finnish rock finnish black metal finnish punk finnish death metal finnish folk finnish melodic death metal finnish hardcore finnish lyrics finnish folk metal finnish pop finnish reggae finnish music finnish rap finnish underground finnish poprock finnish jazz finnish power metal finnish hip-hop finnish gothic metal finnish electronic finnish doom metal finnish tango finnish indie finnish prog finnish thrash metal finnish hardcore punk finnish heavy metal finnish bands