2022 Week 49 | Power BI: Build a Holiday Song Picker


Welcome back to Workout Wednesday 2022! This week we’re continuing our work with images and building a fun Holiday Song Picker using the Image Grid custom visual in Power BI! We’ll use data from Spotify to help select a song based on Artist, Tempo, or Key.

If you’d like to follow along with the series, please start with Meagan’s holiday challenge calendar! You’re also welcome to start here!


  • Get and Transform Data
    • Get data from Data.World
    • Keep only the columns you need and name things in a way that makes sense to you.
  • Create Measures
    •  Create a measure(s) to show users which song(s) they have selected! I called out Artist, Song, and Danceability
  • Add Visuals
    •  Create a layout that works with your design. I used Spotify for inspiration and adjusted my canvas size.
    • Add the Image Grid custom visual to your report and use the album image in the Image URL field
    • Add any other slicers, visuals, text or fun visuals that help users pick a holiday song!
    • Check your tab order and add alt text to ensure your song picker is accessible.
  • Share Your Work
    • As always, get creative and share your work with us on social media.
    • If you’re completing the holiday series, add the URL to your song picker report to your week 48 report!


This week we’re using data from Spotify, that’s stored in a Data.World dataset. Quick reminder that you’ll need to create a free Data.World account to access the dataset. The playlist itself can be found on Spotify.


After you finish your workout, share on Twitter using the hashtags #WOW2022 and #PowerBI, and tag @JSBaucke@MMarie, @shan_gsd, @KerryKolosko, and @NerdyWithData. Also make sure to fill out the Submission Tracker so that we can count you as a participant this week in order to track our participation throughout the year. 


Download the pbix file here.

6 thoughts on “2022 Week 49 | Power BI: Build a Holiday Song Picker”

    1. Hello! I’ll try to get the video uploaded as soon as I can. Thanks for your patience 🙂

    1. Hi Yamni! Unfortunately I didn’t have the time to make a video for this. Check out the solution .pbix file (linked above) which might help you recreate it!

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