December 24, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

1 ‘The Sopranos‘ The show about a New Jersey crime family got 16 Emmy nods. It works out to one broken leg per nomination.

2 Harry Potter The young wizard has kids wanting to read. Undoing years of work by grade schools everywhere.

3 U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Who would have dreamed women’s sports could have been this successful? Without wet T-shirts, that is.

4 ‘The Phantom Menace‘ Theaters showing the film had to follow certain rules. No small screens, no talking like Yoda at the snack counter.

5 ‘Who Wants to Be A Millionaire‘ Your congressperson and your senator.

6 Kathie Lee She’s been accused of making some people work long hours for low wages under unspeakable conditions: Cody’s teachers.

7 Ricky Martin Mania His concerts are a frenzy of screaming, yelling, crying, and fainting. And that’s just the people who don’t have tickets.

8 Internet Stocks There’s only one thing that will stop Yahoo! and eBay shares from going up: you buying some.

9 Kevin Spacey The Oscar winner denied rumors he’s gay. If that doesn’t work he plans to marry Lisa Marie Presley.

10 Susan Lucci She finally won a Daytime Emmy. For acting like she didn’t mind losing 18 other times.

11 ‘The Matrix‘ Keanu Reeves enters a strange world where the laws of nature and common sense don’t apply. He joins the Pat Buchanan campaign.

12 White Like Them Not one of the 26 network shows that premiered in the fall starred a minority actor. And one of the shows was called Roots: The Series.

13 ‘The Blair Witch Project‘ The low-budget, high-profit movie is the scariest thing some people have seen. And most of those people are studio heads.

14 It’s A Good Thing Martha Stewart made more than $1 billion in one day by taking her company public. But she still acts like she only has $300 million.

15 ‘The West Wing‘ Each week brings another crisis for President Martin Sheen. By the end of the first season he had to pardon Charlie three times.

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