45 Music Riddles

Music is a universal language that has the power to captivate and inspire us. Whether you’re a seasoned musician or someone who simply enjoys listening to tunes, you’ll find these music riddles both entertaining and thought-provoking. 

So, let’s dive into the world of musical riddles and test your knowledge and creativity!

Music Riddles

  1. I’m a famous quartet, from Liverpool we came. Our journey started on a lane named after a tree. Who are we?

  2. I’m black and white, and read all over, but I’m not a newspaper. I create melodies when you press my keys. What am I?

  3. I can be cracked, made, told, and played. What am I?

  4. I have keys but open no locks. I have space but no room. You can enter but can’t go outside. What am I?

  5. I’m not a ghost but I’m dead, yet I still sing. Long gone but my voice still rings. Who am I?

  6. I am a term used to describe a group of eight. But in music, I’m much more than that. What am I?

  7. Found in a symphony but not on a keyboard, I’m a heavenly body but also a musical accord. What am I?

  8. I start with an ‘E’, end with an ‘E’, but usually contain only one letter. What am I?

  9. I am a band, not of musicians, but you find me on a stage. I can be heavy, light, or alternative, but always in a rage. What am I?

  10. I am not alive, but I grow; I don’t have lungs, but I need air; I don’t have a mouth, but water kills me. What am I?

  11. I can wave my hands without arms, lead without moving. Follow my beat, and you’ll be grooving. What am I?

  12. I am full of holes but can hold a lot of notes. What am I?

  13. I am not a cat but I purr. I am not a bird but I sing. I am not alive but I can die. What am I?

  14. I am a king who doesn’t rule, a musician without an instrument. What am I?

  15. I am a box that holds keys without locks. When you turn me on, I can take you for a musical ride. What am I?

  16. I am seen in the stars, and in the rain. I am in the rainbow and also in the rain. What am I?

  17. I am not a snake, but I have scales. I am not a weight, but I can be measured. What am I?

  18. Small as a peanut, loud as a giant. You can play me, but not eat me. What am I?

  19. I’m a kind of band that doesn’t play music, but I can tell you the time of day. What am I?

  20. I’m not a bird, but I can fly. I’m not a fruit, but I can be sweet. What am I?

  21. I vibrate and make music, but my strings never move. What am I?

  22. You can hear me sing, but I don’t have a mouth. I can hold a note, but you can’t see me do it. What am I?

  23. I’m a type of music, but I’m also a type of rich dessert. What am I?

  24. I have no feet to dance, no throat to sing, no life to live or die – but I can do one thing: I can make you cry. What am I?

  25. I am a queen, not of royalty, but in the world of melody. Who am I?

  26. I have many keys but I can’t open a single lock. What am I?

  27. I am a protector of art, yet I am art myself. You’ll find me in theaters but never on the stage. What am I?

  28. I’m not a bridge, but I’m often crossed. I’m not a book, but I have a staff. What am I?

  29. I can be grand or upright, but I’m not a person. I have a frame and strings, but I’m not used to play tennis. What am I?

  30. I am a twin of a famous instrument, but I am not the one you can hear in an orchestra. What am I?

  31. I have no mouth, but I speak to you; I have no arms, but I embrace you; I have no life, but I can die. What am I?

  32. I have a head and a tail, but no body. I am not a coin but can produce music. What am I?

  33. I am a part of your body and a musical instrument. What am I?

  34. I am an ancient instrument known for my strings and my curved shape, often heard but rarely seen in modern times. What am I?

  35. I can be broken without being touched or seen. What am I?

  36. I’m found in a band and a book, but I’m not a drummer. I have a spine but no bones. What am I?

  37. I am a type of wave, not found in the ocean, but you can catch me on the air. What am I?

  38. I have a bell but no church, keys but no locks. I make music, but I’m not a singer. What am I?

  39. I am a king who cannot command, but I can create a mood. Who am I?

  40. I have a head and a foot, but no body. I am not a bed, but I can be musical. What am I?

  41. I am not a magician, but I can make things disappear with a wave. What am I?

  42. I am a type of ‘stone’ but you can’t throw me. I can be rolling, but I don’t have wheels. What am I?

  43. I have strings and a neck, but I’m not a shirt. You can strum me, but I’m not a guitar. What am I?

  44. I can be sharp, but I’m not a knife. I can be natural, but I’m not a type of food. What am I?

  45. I’m an instrument that you can hear but never see, and I control the rhythm of the song. What am I?


  1. The Beatles (Reference to “Penny Lane”).

  2. A piano.

  3. A joke.

  4. A keyboard.

  5. A recording of a deceased singer.

  6. An octave.

  7. The Star (as in “star” in a movie and “Star” as in Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”).

  8. An envelope (Containing a sheet of music).

  9. A rock (as in rock bands and rock music).

  10. Fire (like the energy and spirit of music).

  11. A conductor.

  12. An accordion.

  13. A guitar (when it hums or vibrates).

  14. Elvis Presley, “The King of Rock and Roll.”

  15. A jukebox.

  16. The note ‘Re’ (a play on words – ‘Re’ sounds like ‘rain’ and ‘ray’).

  17. Musical scales.

  18. A whistle.

  19. A wristwatch band.

  20. A melody or a song.

  21. A speaker.

  22. A radio.

  23. Baroque (a style of music and a play on ‘baroque’ sounding like ‘broque’, a type of rich dessert).

  24. A violin.

  25. Aretha Franklin, often referred to as the “Queen of Soul.”

  26. A piano.

  27. A curtain.

  28. A musical score or sheet music.

  29. A piano.

  30. An electric guitar (twin to the acoustic guitar).

  31. A record or an album.

  32. A drumstick.

  33. Drum (as in eardrum and the instrument).

  34. A harp.

  35. Silence.

  36. A notebook (used for music sheets and also found in books).

  37. A radio wave.

  38. A trumpet.

  39. Elvis Presley, “The King of Rock and Roll.”

  40. A musical note.

  41. A conductor.

  42. The Rolling Stones (a rock band).

  43. A harp.

  44. A musical note (referring to sharp and natural notes).

  45. A metronome.
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