The week's biggest songs and up-and-coming smashes |


The week's biggest songs and up-and-coming smashes

''Macarena,'' ''Blue,'' and ''Fastlove'' hit radio stations around the country

Programmers at radio stations around the country clue us in to this week’s biggest songs — and up-and-coming summer smashes.

WXXX (95 Triple X), Burlington, Vt. (Top 40) Ben Hamilton

”Killing Me Softly,” Fugees: ”People like it partly because the song is already familiar. This is a solid rendition, but personally I prefer the Roberta Flack original.”

”Macarena,” Los Del Rio: ”It sounds like a fun summer tune. But I don’t speak Spanish, so for all I know they could actually be singing about some political thing.”

”Give Me One Reason,” Tracy Chapman: ”To me it sounds like ‘Fast Car, Part II,’ but people go for a solid, bluesy sound.”

One to watch: ”Change the World,” Eric Clapton: ”You wouldn’t expect a Clapton/Babyface collaboration to work this well, but it’s a great-sounding record. I think it’ll definitely go top five.”

KLGT, Buffalo, Wyo. (Country) P.K. Wilde

”Blue Clear Sky,” George Strait: ”George has been here forever, and I think he’ll be here forever. He’s a country-music institution.”

”Daddy’s Money,” Ricochet: ”A guy singing about a girl who’s got ‘her daddy’s money, her mama’s good looks, and more laughs than a stack of comic books.”’

”Blue,” LeAnn Rimes: ”This kid — she’s only 13 — has got a voice that’ll just knock you out; she sounds just like Patsy Cline. She’s gonna go right to the top.”

One to watch: ”Jacob’s Ladder,” Mark Wills: ”A typical boy-meets-girl-they-get-through-the-hardships country love song. They fight for what they want and they get it.”

KKJO, St. Joseph, Mo. (Adult Contemporary) Jeff Allen

”Fastlove,” George Michael: ”He’s trying to get back to his pop roots — it’s got a real ‘I Want Your Sex’ feel. It’ll probably be the biggest hit he’ll see off this album.”

”Reach,” Gloria Estefan: ”Her cut off Rhythm of the Games has got an anthemic, international quality that goes right along with the Olympics.”

”Because You Loved Me,” Celine Dion: ”The biggest hit of her career. This is the one that will launch her to superstar status.”

One to watch: ”Who Will Save Your Soul,” Jewel: ”This Alaskan folkie’s got a really wispy, animally sexual delivery, but the song also stands out on its own.”