APM at the movies - Holiday placements

APM At the Movies: Top Ten APM Holiday Movie Placements

04 Dec 2023

Ready or not, it's that time of year again. A time for gathering, giving thanks, and deciding what to watch after a large family feast. While not everyone will agree on taboo hot topics of conversation at the dinner table, at least we can all agree on our favorite holiday films! 

It's no surprise that APM Music is all over your holiday favorites. Here are the top ten holiday movies that feature APM's iconic catalog: 


#10 Friendsgiving (2020)

As the saying goes, "You can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family." Regardless of this fact, a gathering of friends at Thanksgiving dinner can still make for a strange evening! This holiday comedy starring Malin Akerman might make you rethink your plans for a relaxed Thanksgiving with your closest pals. Check out this fun and modern take on Latin Salsa featured in the film: 


#9 Tower Heist (2011)  

Number nine features another Thanksgiving classic starring Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller. Tower Heist tells the tale of a wealthy villain defrauding pension fund investors, which leads his victims to seek revenge. The plot to take back the fortune that resides in the depths of a high-rise penthouse safe takes place smack dab in the middle of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and features these two festive marching band compositions from the Sonoton Music Library: 


#8 Last Christmas (2022) 

'Tis the season for holiday love stories. This quirky romantic comedy directed by Paul Feig gives you the warm and fuzzies depicting an unlikely romance between an eccentric all-year elf working in retail and a handsome suitor. Get ready for love and holiday cheer with these well-known tunes heard in the movie: 


#7 A Christmas Story Christmas (2022) 

This holiday sequel revisits Ralphie in adulthood and reminds us that despite getting older, some things never change. We catch up with his friends and enemies in the small Indiana town of his upbringing. Feel the reunion vibes with this jazzy and festive rendition of O Tannenbaum from the JW Media Music library featured in the film: 


#6 A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)  

Bad Moms is back! The holiday season amplifies the mischief and mayhem, and it's time to rebel and act out. Be sure to give your mom a big hug and a stiff cocktail. She deserves it! These two tracks in the movie are bound to ramp up the holiday cheer as well as score any stressful standoffs that may occur: 


#5 A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011) 

Harold & Kumar may have escaped Guantanamo Bay, but no one escapes the holidays. They are joined by Neil Patrick Harris in a quest to replace Harold's father-in-law's prized Christmas tree, which was accidentally burned down, and all hilarity ensues. Swing into the holiday season with these two crooner originals, which scored the fun: 


#4 Bad Santa 2 (2016)  

Mall Santas have a bad reputation, and Billy Bob Thornton more than lives up to the hype. Willie (Bad Santa), his deranged mother, and his elf sidekick plot to rob a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. This dysfunctional family comedy celebrates the dark side of the holidays and methods of avoiding prison. Enjoy these well-known favorites from the soundtrack: 


#3 Office Christmas Party (2016)  

Company holiday parties can bring out the crazy in everyone. When a CEO threatens to close her brother's branch, he throws an epic holiday party to close a big sale to save their jobs. Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, and Kate McKinnon star in this holiday comedy, which is bound to make anyone in HR pull the plug. Party in the holidays with these two Christmas classics featured in the film: 

#2 Bridget Jones Diary (2001)  

The misadventures of Bridget Jones are legendary. This movie classic highlights family holiday party horrors, including ugly sweaters from mom and embarrassing matchmaking from your elders. This film proves that sometimes our elders get it right despite any negative first impressions! These two KPM classics score Bridget's cheeky blunders: 

#1 A Christmas Story (1983)  

With memorable one-liners like "It's a major award," "You'll shoot your eye out, kid," and "Fra-GEE-lay, it must be Italian," A Christmas Story is a timeless holiday classic. Set in the 1940s in snowy Indiana, this loveable comedy follows the childhood memories of Ralphie, whose main holiday goal is to get the coveted Red Ryder Range 200 Shot BB gun, much to his parent's disapproval. These two dramatic archival gems score Ralphie's imaginary tough-guy world: 

Whatever the season brings, be it love, crazy holiday parties, a heist, or just lots of food and good cheer, may your holidays be happy and merry!