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Amazon.co.uk reveals all-time bestsellers to mark 15th anniversary
  • FIFTY SHADES, HARRY POTTER, MILLENNIUM TRILOGY AND TWILIGHT SAGA ALL MAKE THE TOP TEN OF ALL TIME ACROSS THE SITE, ALONGSIDE KINDLE DEVICES
  • ONE DIRECTION CLAIM FASTEST-SELLING ALBUM OF ALL TIME BASED ON PRE-ORDERS FOR MIDNIGHT MEMORIES
  • ADELE IS BESTSELLING ARTIST OF ALL TIME, WITH LADY GAGA AND RIHANNA ALSO IN TOP FIVE
  • CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 TOPS GAMES CHART, BUT GRAND THEFT AUTO V IS FASTEST-SELLING GAMING TITLE OF ALL TIME
  • FINAL INSTALMENT IN THE HARRY POTTER SERIES, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, IS THE FASTEST SELLING PRODUCT ON AMAZON.CO.UK OF ALL TIME
  • ANNUAL BESTSELLERS FROM 1998-2013 INCLUDE ROBBIE WILLIAMS, TAKE THAT, GHD HAIR STRAIGHTENERS AND JAMIE OLIVER FLAVOUR SHAKER

Luxembourg – 15th October 2013: Fifteen years ago this week (Tuesday 15th October), Amazon.co.uk opened its virtual doors for the first time. To mark the occasion, the site reveals the bestselling products that have captured the nation’s attention since the first order was placed in 1998.

From Fifty Shades, FIFA and Take That to Call of Duty, ghd hair straighteners and Adele, the bestsellers paint a picture of what customers have read, listened to, watched, played and used in their home over the past 15 years.

“Since starting out as an online bookseller in 1998, Amazon.co.uk has expanded year on year and now offers customers more than 100 million products across more than 30 stores,” commented Xavier Garambois, Vice President of EU Retail at Amazon. “The bestsellers help to tell a story of the phenomena that have gripped the UK, from the big game changers in entertainment to innovation in products for the home and the rise of celebrity chefs.”

 

Fastest selling products of all time on Amazon.co.uk

Overall fastest selling product of all time

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (print book)

Fastest selling album of all time

One Direction – Midnight Memories

Fastest selling book of all time

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Fastest selling DVD of all time

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Fastest selling video game of all time

Grand Theft Auto V

*Fastest selling based on first day of pre-order sales

MUSIC


Bestselling artists of all time (all formats)

Adele

Coldplay

The Beatles

Lady Gaga

Rihanna

Michael Bublé

Kings of Leon

Snow Patrol

Muse

Michael Jackson

 

Bestselling artists of all time (physical vs digital)

CD, Vinyl & Cassette

MP3

Adele

Lady Gaga

The Beatles

Rihanna

Coldplay

Glee cast

Michael Bublé

Adele

Snow Patrol

Katy Perry

Pink Floyd

The Black Eyed Peas

Kings of Leon

Take That

Amy Winehouse

Coldplay

Susan Boyle

Florence + The Machine

Bob Dylan

Jessie J

U2

Kings of Leon

Queen

Bruno Mars

Muse

Michael Jackson

Robbie Williams

Eminem

Elbow

Pixie Lott

 

Bestselling albums of all time (all formats)

Adele – 21

Adele – 19

Take That – Progress

Susan Boyle - I Dreamed A Dream

Various Artists - Now That's What I Call Music! 83

Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night

Amy Winehouse - Back To Black

Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More

Various Artists - Now That's What I Call Music! 80

Various Artists - Now That's What I Call Music! 77

 

Bestselling singles of all time (MP3)

Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name

Adele – Skyfall

Psy - Gangnam Style

Adele - Someone Like You

Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling (Album Version)

Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines [feat. T.I., Pharrell]

Carly Rae Jepson - Call Me Maybe

Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know [feat. Kimbra]

Daft Punk - Get Lucky (Radio Edit)

James Arthur – Impossible

“Adele’s achievement in securing both the best-selling artist title and the top two best-selling albums of the past 15 years on Amazon.co.uk is remarkable,” said Paul Firth, Head of Music at Amazon.co.uk Ltd. “The fact that Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name has pushed Adele into second place in the bestselling singles chart is indicative of how much the UK loves a good campaign and how much the public love the underdog. The appearance of Gangnam Style at number three in the all-time singles chart perhaps shows a future in which the internet makes music tastes more international than ever before.”

BOOKS


Bestselling books of all time by Title (physical books / Kindle books combined)

Fifty Shades of Grey – EL James

Fifty Shades Darker – EL James

Fifty Shades Freed – EL James

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1) – Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy Book 2) – Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Millennium Trilogy Book 3) – Stieg Larsson

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Life Of Pi – Yann Martel

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) – JK Rowling

“Of all the millions of books customers have purchased in the past 15 years, it’s fascinating to see which have proved most popular with the British public,” said Darren Hardy, Books Manager at Amazon.co.uk Ltd. “Sales of Kindle books have been hugely influential in determining these rankings, with EL James’ sales on Kindle for the 50 Shades Trilogy cementing her place as our most successful author ever.”

VIDEO GAMES


Bestselling video games of all time (cross platform)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Grand Theft Auto 5

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

FIFA 10

FIFA 13

FIFA 12

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Zumba Fitness

Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and FIFA are three of the largest entertainment franchises in the world, so it’s no surprise to see them dominating the top ten bestselling games chart,” said Ketu Patel, Video Games & Software Category Manager at Amazon.co.uk Ltd. “The success of Skyrim suggests that there is a real appetite for epic fantasy games, whilst Zumba Fitness’ appearance in tenth place shows just how big Nintendo Wii’s fanbase is in the UK.”

FILM & TV


Bestselling DVDS of all time

Mamma Mia!

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2

The Inbetweeners Movie

Toy Story 3

Planet Earth : Complete BBC Series (5 Disc Box Set)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Downton Abbey - Series 1

The King's Speech

Michael McIntyre Live 2009: Hello Wembley!

Harry Potter - The Complete 8-Film Collection

 

LOVEFiLM Facts & Stats - 2009-2013

Most streamed film

Despicable Me

Most streamed TV show

Lost

Highest number of streams in one day

Paul

“The singing may not always have been of the highest quality, but Mamma Mia! really captured the hearts of the UK’s film enthusiasts,” said Zak Watts, DVD Category Manager at Amazon.co.uk Ltd. “It’s no small feat to beat the long-awaited final instalment of the Harry Potter series into second place. It’s also great to see the long-lasting legacy which Sir David Attenborough’s Planet Earth will have on this and future generations of families, with so many UK households having a copy.”

The annual Amazon.co.uk bestsellers:

1998 bestsellers
1999 bestsellers
2000 bestsellers
2001 bestsellers
2002 bestsellers
2003 bestsellers
2004 bestsellers
2005 bestsellers
2006 bestsellers
2007 bestsellers
2008 bestsellers
2009 bestsellers
2010 bestsellers
2011 bestsellers
2012 bestsellers
2013 bestsellers (to date)

Amazon.co.uk now offers over 100 million items across categories including Kindle, Apps, Books, Music, MP3, DVD, Software, PC & Video Games, Electronics, Toys, Home & Garden, Grocery, Musical Instruments & DJ, Sports & Leisure, Jewellery & Watches, Health & Beauty, Baby, Shoes, DIY & Tools, Car & Motorbike, Pet Supplies and Clothing. Javari.co.uk, the dedicated shoe and handbag website, is also a part of Amazon.

To help customers keep an eye out for the next big thing as well as helping them decide what to buy, bestseller lists for all products are updated hourly on Amazon.co.uk and there are thousands of reviews available from fellow customers.

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