'The Night Before' & More Must-Hear Movie Soundtracks of the Week

'The Night Before' Trailer

'The Night Before' Trailer

Just because it's the holiday season doesn't mean our playlists have to be all silver bells and little drummer boys from now until January. Check out these three new soundtracks from some the week's biggest movies to dig a little deeper while you're busy trying to tune out the family bickering:

Thanksgiving 2015 Playlist: Feast & Listen

The Night Before

This holiday buddy comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie features such classics as Darlene Love's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" and John Swanson's "Up on the Housetop" but also has fresh doses of late 20th century pop like George Michael's "Father Figure" and that other kind of classic, "...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears. And for those who want their holiday cheer served indie rock style, here's a slightly less jolly bearded man, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, to sing Charles Brown's woeful ballad "Please Come Home for Christmas."


Michael B. Jordan plays Adonis Johnson, son of Apollo Creed in this latest entry in the Rocky franchise, out Nov. 25. The young boxer Johnson seeks out Rocky himself (Sylvester Stallone) to train him and fans can look forward to a revamping of that iconic Bill Conti theme song "Gonna Fly Now." The newest version, "You're a Creed" wrtitten by the film's composer Ludwig Goransson, will be part of an album filled with many original songs produced for the film, such as "Fighting Stronger" by Meek Mill - which director Ryan Coogler has intimated he hopes will be the next "Eye of the Tiger." Actress Tessa Thompson, who plays Adonis Johnson's love interest, sings two songs on the album, which also contains tracks by Nas, Tupac, The Roots, John Legend, Donald Glover and Joey Bada$$. Both rap and Sly Stallone fans alike can rejoice at this collaboration. Carol

Part soul-wrenching compositions, part spirit-lifting jazz classics, the soundtrack to Todd Haynes' awards-buzz period romance starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara has already proven an indelible one. Famed movie composer Carter Burwell recently told Rolling Stone that he has hired a publicist for the first time in his storied career because of all the interest garnered by his riveting score. Jazz enthusiasts will also rejoice in the lyrical selections from such greats as Billie Holiday, Les Paul and Mary Ford, Jo Stafford and Helen Foster. Just a word to the wise before diving in: make sure you have martini ingredients on-hand first -- this album is best served with a stiff one. 


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