Pop Culture Capsule — September 16-22, 2001


Here’s a look at America’s top movies, music, and books for the week of September 16-22, 2001. It was of course the first week of mass entertainment in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attack, which makes this list of historical interest. But on a more personal level, most of this stuff reminds me that even before I hit my 30th birthday I was severely out of step with mainstream American pop culture.

Top 10 Movies

1. Hardball
2. The Glass House
3. The Musketeer
4. The Others
5. Two Can Play That Game
6. Rush Hour 2
7. Jeepers Creepers
8. American Pie 2
9. Rock Star
10. Rat Race

System of a Down - ToxicityTop 10 Albums

1. System of a Down, Toxicity
2. Alicia Keys, Songs in A Minor
3. Aaliyah, Aaliyah
4. Various Artists, Now That’s What I Call Music! 7
5. Mary J. Blige, No More Drama
6. Staind, Break the Cycle
7. Linkin Park, Hybrid Theory
8. Maxwell, Now
9. ‘N Sync, Celebrity
10. Afroman, The Good Times

Top 10 Singles

1. Jennifer Lopez, “I’m Real (feat. Ja Rule)”
2. Alicia Keys, “Fallin'”
3. Jagged Edge, “Where the Party At (feat. Nelly)”
4. Blu Cantrell, “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)”
5. Janet Jackson, “Someone to Call My Lover”
6. Usher, “U Remind Me”
7. Staind, “It’s Been Awhile”
8. Eve, “Let Me Blow Ya Mind (feat. Gwen Stefani)”
9. Mary J. Blige, “Family Affair”
10. Michael Jackson, “You Rock My World”

Clive Cussler, Valhalla RisingThe New York Times Best-Selling Fiction Books

1. Clive Cussler, Valhalla Rising
2. Sandra Brown, Envy
3. James Patterson, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas
4. Nicholas Evans, The Smoke Jumper
5. Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections
6. Lalita Tademy, Cane River
7. Robin Cook, Shock
8. Garrison Keillor, Lake Wobegon Summer 1956
9. Susan Isaacs, Long Time No See
10. Sara Paretsky, Total Recall

The New York Times Best-Selling Non-Fiction Books

1. Stephen E. Ambrose, The Wild Blue
2. David McCullough, John Adams
3. John Edward, Crossing Over
4. Anne Heche, Call Me Crazy
5. Harold S. Kushner, Living a Life That Matters
6. Mitch Albom, Tuesdays With Morrie
7. Hampton Sides, Ghost Soldiers
8. Nancy Milford, Savage Beauty
9. Rick Bragg, Ava’s Man
10. Joseph J. Ellis, Founding Brothers