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<< Back Announces Hottest Books, Music, Videos and DVDs of The Year as Determined by Editor's Picks and Customer Sales

SEATTLE--Nov. 22, 2000--As 2000 winds to a close, (Nasdaq:AMZN), the leading online retailer, reveals the hottest books, CDs, videos and DVDs of the year with the release of its annual holiday "Best of" lists.

The Best of 2000 lists were compiled from the votes of's expert editorial staffs, while's Top Sellers 2000 lists reflect the year's bestselling book, music, video and DVD titles.

Accessible via the book, music, video and DVD home pages, the lists are a fun, easy way to discover new authors and artists, and to compare how popular favorites stack up against editor picks.

"'s 'Best of' lists have become a holiday tradition with customers who look to our editors, as well as other shoppers, for recommendations and ideas during this gift-giving season," said Nicholas H. Allison, editor-in-chief of's Books store. "Customers anticipate the release of's year-end lists to see how their picks compare to those of our editors and if their favorite titles are represented."'s Best of 2000 feature includes the following:

  • Books: The bookstore lists feature the 50 bestselling books of the year overall, bestsellers by category, and editors' picks for the best books in each of more than 30 categories, including business, entertainment, cooking, children's, religion and audiobooks.

  • Music: The Music store lists showcase the top 100 editors' picks and the top 100 bestselling customer choices across a wide variety of musical genres. Also included are editors' and customers' picks for the 10 best CDs in 21 musical categories, including rock, jazz, classical, soundtracks, dance/DJ and hip-hop.

  • Video and DVD: Both the Video and the DVD store lists feature the top 50 customer bestsellers along with the top 50 editors' picks for easy cross-referencing. The top 20 titles in each category -- including science fiction, drama, fitness, yoga, and mystery and suspense -- can also be accessed for more film discovery.

The lists also reflect the year's industry and consumer trends, notably:

  • Books: The extraordinary Harry Potter phenomenon is reflected in the Bestsellers of 2000 books list. J.K. Rowling's series took the top four spots, led by the most recent release, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. And while familiar names like John Grisham and Tom Clancy appear among the year's top 10 bestselling books, at press time the No. 6 slot was occupied by the breakaway business book Who Moved my Cheese? by Spencer Johnson.

  • Music: Bestselling CDs of the year range widely from veteran stars (Sting, U2, Steely Dan) to breakthrough artists (Macy Gray, Shelby Lynne).'s editors have honored a diverse array of artists from rock (Radiohead) and hip-hop (Jurassic 5) to jazz (the Arthur Blythe Trio) and international (Susana Baca).

  • Video: One theme runs through the customer-driven video bestsellers list -- Star Wars. Three of the top 10 titles are various incarnations of the space epic, with the short, independent film George Lucas in Love also making the top 5.

  • DVD: As consumers continue to embrace DVD technology, feature-rich DVD titles generate a buzz among all audiences. Blockbuster titles such as Gladiator and American Beauty made the top 10 lists for both customers and's editors. In addition, the editors' list featured the DVD premieres of classics like North by Northwest, Brief Encounter and I, Claudius, while customers preferred recent action-packed movies, including The Perfect Storm, Mission: Impossible 2 and X-Men.

  • Top Pre-Orders: Both Gladiator and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire are's top pre-orders ever in DVD and Books respectively.

Top 10 editors' picks:


  • 1. Quality Control, Jurassic 5

  • 2. Kid A, Radiohead

  • 3. One Endless Night, Jimmie Dale Gilmore

  • 4. The Man Who, Travis

  • 5. Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, PJ Harvey

  • 6. Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia, The Dandy Warhols

  • 7. Heartbreaker, Ryan Adams

  • 8. Spirits in the Field, Arthur Blythe Trio

  • 9. The Hill, Richard Buckner

  • 10. Jin Jin/Firefly, Takashi Hirayasu and Bob Brozman


  • 1. Run Lola Run

  • 2. American Beauty (The Awards Edition)

  • -- 3. The Sopranos -- The Complete First Season

  • 4. Chicken Run

  • 5. The Story of G.I. Joe

  • 6. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

  • 7. The Decalogue (Complete Set)

  • -- 8. The Woody Allen Collection -- 8 pack

  • 9. Walking with Dinosaurs

  • 10. The Insider


-- 1. Toy Story & Toy Story 2 -- The Ultimate Toy Box: 3-Disc

Collector's Set

  • 2. Gladiator

  • -- 3. Rushmore -- Criterion Collection

  • 4. Magnolia

  • 5. Being John Malkovich

  • 6. American Beauty (The Awards Edition)

  • 7. High Fidelity

  • 8. North by Northwest

  • 9. I, Claudius

  • -- 10. Brief Encounter -- Criterion Collection

To view the book editors' selections for best books of the year, by category, visit the Books home page at

The 10 Top Sellers of the year in each category -- based on sales from's more than 25 million customers worldwide -- are as follows:


  • 1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling ('s biggest book pre-order ever)

  • 2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling

  • 3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling

  • 4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling

  • 5. The Brethren, John Grisham

  • 6. Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life, Spencer Johnson

  • 7. Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength, Bill Phillips

  • 8. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

  • 9. Eating Well for Optimum Health: The Essential Guide to Food, Diet, and Nutrition, Andrew Weil M.D.

  • 10. The Bear and the Dragon, Tom Clancy


  • 1. Supernatural, Santana

  • 2. Riding with the King, B.B. King

  • 3. Brand New Day, Sting

  • 4. On How Life Is, Macy Gray

  • 5. Two Against Nature, Steely Dan

  • 6. All That You Can't Leave Behind, U2

  • 7. No Strings Attached, 'N Sync

  • 8. Oops!...I Did it Again, Britney Spears

  • 9. You're the One, Paul Simon

  • 10. Kid A, Radiohead


  • 1. Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace (Widescreen Edition Boxed Set)

  • 2. Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace

  • 3. Toy Story 2

  • -- 4. Tae-Bo Workout -- 4 Pack

  • 5. George Lucas in Love

  • 6. Tarzan

  • 7. Star Wars Trilogy

  • -- 8. Sex and the City -- The Complete First Season

  • 9. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

  • 10. 8 Minute Abs with 8 Minute Arms


  • 1. Gladiator ('s biggest DVD pre-order ever.)

  • 2. American Beauty (The Awards Edition)

  • 3. The Perfect Storm

  • 4. The Sixth Sense

  • 5. Mission: Impossible 2

  • 6. X-Men

  • 7. Braveheart

  • 8. The Patriot

  • 9. The Green Mile

  • 10. The Matrix

For more information about's annual Best of 2000 feature, or to view the lists in their entirety, visit each store's home page:,, or

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