I'm gonna be hard pressed for "lovey-dovey". I've got heart-rending (Pearl Jam's "Black; Blues Traveller's "Alone"), but lovey?
While I claim to have diverse musical tastes (some may disagree), I do have tendencies towards music with very loud (and fast) distorted electric guitars, which isn't usually thought of in the same category as "lovey-dovey." I will, however, look through the CD collection and see what I can find:
1. Spin Doctors: "Jimmy Olsen's Blues" (more unrequited love, but cute)
2. The Decemberists: "The Crane Wife, Parts 1, 2, and 3" (indie, but very clever songwriting)
3. Harvey Danger: Sad Sweetheart of the Rodeo (love for something her partner can't give her)
4. Blues Traveller: "Conquer Me" (mountains as a metaphor for love: you figure out "conquer me")
That's all I can see from where I sit; if this thread gets larger, I'll see what else I can find.
Baltar - Well hey, don't feel obligated to add more - thanks for playing. :)
And btw, after reading Copeland's post, I really wonder why Broadcast News isn't discussed more. It's a great movie, and perfectly captures some feelings that 10 million sitcoms and awful rom coms have tried to get, but failed to get. Plus of course the digs at television news are rather delicious.
I'll nibble. I suspect my choices will sound more melancholy than anything, but that suits me and the way I see things. So, off the top of my head:
Tom Waits -- Hard to pick one, but Little Trip to Heaven (On the Wings of Your Love)," might well be my favorite love song of all time if you forced me to choose
Kristin Hersh -- Caffeine or Candyland, neither of which is all that sunny.
Bonus random choice:
Elvis Costello's got a killer live rendition of My Funny Valentine somewhere deep within this brilliant boxset. In the same vein, Sting's "My One and Only Love," from Leaving Las Vegas, is pretty awesome too.
(Goodness I'm glad you posted this, because in hunting down the Elvis boxset for linkage I just discovered that you can buy episodes of Piano Jazz on CD (and maybe I can find them on MP3 now that I'm all iPodded up), including an episode with Elvis and another with Steely Dan -- speaking of which, for atmospherics, early Dan, Aja for example, is perfect for pretty much any occasion).
Also, if I'm just trying to set a nice mood, one could do worse than to put Coltrane's A Love Supreme on the stereo.
Oh, and Binky, excellent Ani selection -- I've always adored that song.
Hmmm, more lovey-dovey than cutesy, Binky. Interesting.