Saccharine sweet love songs?
June 3, 2012 5:13 AM   Subscribe

Saccharine sweet love songs. Let me hear your favorites.

I recently rediscovered a number of songs which has put me in the mood for more music about love that are very similar in quality.

On the melodic, upbeat, and downright peppy end: TBLLT's "I'm Glad I Hitched My Apple Wagon To Your Star". On the acoustic/lyrical end: Landon Pigg's "Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop"

Listening to songs that make you cry is sooo last month. What do you guys have that fall into either of these two categories (and are as sweet as can be)? Let's hear 'em.
posted by pinsomniac to Media & Arts (40 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
Sugar Mouse by Oh, Atoms
posted by sarahnicolesays at 7:03 AM on June 3, 2012

"She's an Angel" by They Might Be Giants is probably a love song and definitely the sweetest song ever.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 7:25 AM on June 3, 2012 [3 favorites]

At the risk of being super self-promotional, this: Is It All Right, performed by YouTube video-game medley guy Freddegredde for my book Gift. It's a super-sweet sappy love song!
posted by mothershock at 7:36 AM on June 3, 2012

"Somebody" by Depeche Mode
posted by beaucoupkevin at 8:23 AM on June 3, 2012

Moxy Fruvous, I Will Hold On
Ben Folds, The Luckiest
They Might Be Giants, New York City
posted by ActionPopulated at 8:33 AM on June 3, 2012 [1 favorite]

Let's Ride Into the Sunset Together by the Lost Weekend Western Swing band. I have no idea WHY it gets me, but it does (given that my major association with it should, by all rights, be Fallout: New Vegas...)
posted by dismas at 8:36 AM on June 3, 2012

Neil Young, Harvest Moon
posted by Sweetie Darling at 9:05 AM on June 3, 2012

Emmylou- First Aid Kit
I Will Follow You Into the Dark- Death Cab
Real Love- The Beatles
La La Love You- Pixies

I listed these songs in the other thread, but they're pretty saccharine love songs as well as being tear-inducing:
First Day of My Life- Bright Eyes
In My Life- The Beatles (or Johnny Cash)
posted by quiet coyote at 9:31 AM on June 3, 2012

The Doobie Brothers' "Sweet Feelin'"
posted by chazlarson at 10:20 AM on June 3, 2012

Oh my...there are so many.

My #1 all time recommendation is 'Fell in Love' by Moxy Fruvous as recorded by the Brown Derbies a cappella group.
Couldn't find that version on Youtube, but it is very findable on music apps and what have you - and WELL worth the effort. It's so sweet I totally wouldn't admit to liking it in public. ;-)
posted by gohabsgo at 10:27 AM on June 3, 2012

Slave to Love by Brian Ferry.

The storm is breaking, or so it seems.
We're to young to reason, to grown up to dream.
posted by 4ster at 10:33 AM on June 3, 2012

posted by 4ster at 10:33 AM on June 3, 2012

Old 97s - Question
posted by rtha at 11:11 AM on June 3, 2012

A little bit of everything:

When in Rome - "The Promise"

Sebadoh - "Truly Great Thing"

Stevie Wonder - "I Believe (When I Fall in Love it Will Be Forever)"

Journey - "Faithfully"

The Rascals - "Good Lovin'"

The Kinks - "Everybody's Gonna Be Happy"

The Monkees - "I'm a Believer"

Orleans - "Still the One"

Herman's Hermits - "I'm Into Something Good"

If you want true saccharine, you could try pretty much anything anything Bryan Adams has ever breathed upon.
posted by easy, lucky, free at 11:49 AM on June 3, 2012 [1 favorite]

Oh, and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," which has been covered by pretty much everyone. Link is to the Johnny Cash version, which I like the best.
posted by easy, lucky, free at 11:55 AM on June 3, 2012

A whole handful of songs by the All Girl Summer Fun Band fit the bill, but I'll start with a simple one: Cutie Pie.

You keep me warm at night, cutie pie
You make the night seem bright, cutie pie
You make the rain seem ok, cutie pie
You’re the best thing of my day, cutie pie

Okay, and I'm a sucker for It's There. Although it has a slight unrequited love tinge, still:

oh dear, we'll be together forever
because I tied our shoelaces together

But my personal favorite? Later Operator.

My boyfriend gets real shy
He's such a quiet guy
Sometimes he won't say a word, not even "hi"
But he's a damn good...

...laaa-ter operator
If lovin' him's a crime
(later operator)
I'm guilty all the time
(later operator)
He may be weird but he is mine

Knock your teeth out.
posted by redsparkler at 12:01 PM on June 3, 2012

Belle & Sebastian - Paper Boat

Kinnie Starr - Alright is not acoustic but has that kind of mood.

On the poppy end, Robyn - Stars 4-ever (The 4 disturbs me but the song is cute!)
posted by snorkmaiden at 12:17 PM on June 3, 2012

The Postal Service - Such Great Heights.
posted by theperfectcrime at 12:17 PM on June 3, 2012 [1 favorite]

"Nothing'a gonna change my love for you", with versions from George Benson, Glenn Networks, and Westlife.
posted by Hakaisha at 12:20 PM on June 3, 2012

Yo La Tengo - Our Way to Fall , hands down the best, sweetest "oh god i am really falling for you" song
posted by GilloD at 12:39 PM on June 3, 2012

Barry White - You Are The First, My Last, My Everything

Dr Hook - A Little Bit More

Ace of Base - Always Have Always Will

Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now (embarrassing to mention!)

Slightly different feel, or more abstractly about love:

Eurythmics - There Must be an Angel

Indigo Girls - What Are you Like? - for me this is a song that gets me all weepy about the closest (platonic) bromance I have.

Deacon Blue - Queen of the New Year
posted by Talkie Toaster at 12:55 PM on June 3, 2012

Tonight You Belong to Me, sung by Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters in The Jerk.
posted by kettleoffish at 1:09 PM on June 3, 2012

Pure - Lightning Seeds
posted by SisterHavana at 4:38 PM on June 3, 2012 [1 favorite]

Jason Mraz, I Won't Give Up

Pearl Jam, Just Breathe

(Sorry for being so lame that I can't figure out how to embed the little play button.)
posted by missjenny at 4:47 PM on June 3, 2012

Look, it's MAGIC!
posted by missjenny at 4:48 PM on June 3, 2012 [1 favorite]

Kristy MacColl: They Don't Know
posted by Gilbert at 5:28 PM on June 3, 2012 [1 favorite]

Tears for Fears - Head Over Heels
"I wanted to be with you alone/To talk about the weather..."
posted by droplet at 6:18 PM on June 3, 2012

"Well you may not be beautiful but it's not for me to judge,
I don't know if you're beautiful because I love you too much."

The Magnetic Fields - Asleep and Dreaming
(Sorry, couldn't find a link that works in my country.)

Also, Your Arms Around Me by Jens Lekman is so sickly sweet it almost makes me want to vomit.
posted by Yma at 7:08 PM on June 3, 2012

Oh and also I Love You, You Imbelcile by Pelle Carlberg.
posted by Yma at 7:34 PM on June 3, 2012 [1 favorite]

Robyn Hitchcock, "Beautiful Girl."
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 2:26 AM on June 4, 2012

No One's Gonna Love You by Band of Horses (Cee-Lo Green also covers this song on the last track of his album, also quite good)

I Can Tell That We Are Going To Be Friends by The White Stripes (has also been covered a few times)

Anyone Else But You by The Moldy Peaches (covered a few times, has become a wedding staple in recent years)

Brand New Colony by The Postal Service

Beautiful by The Smashing Pumpkins (no link on YouTube, sadly)
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 5:30 AM on June 4, 2012

The Free Design - I Found Love
posted by crepesofwrath at 9:07 AM on June 4, 2012

We Walk the Same Line by Everything but the Girl. Was sung at my wedding, which makes it double sweet.
posted by mcstayinskool at 9:49 AM on June 4, 2012

Anything Celine Dion is sugary sweet!
posted by sybarite09 at 6:39 AM on June 5, 2012

Here's a few lady singers off the top of my head:

Gigi (ft.Mirah)- Won't Someone Tell Me?

Julie Doiron- Nice to Come Home

She & Him- I Was Made For You

Veronica Falls- Starry Eyes

Laura Veirs- When You Give Your Heart

Wanda Jackson- Funnel of Love

BOY- Little Numbers

Camera Obscura- Suspended From Class

Class Actress- Weekend

Beyonce- Countdown, Love on Top

Carly Rae Jepsen- Call Me Maybe

Taylor Swift- Love Story

Jolie Holland- Crush in the Ghetto
posted by _superconductor at 8:55 AM on June 5, 2012

More Adventurous by Rilo Kiley


The Spiderbite Song by the Flaming Lips is closest thing to a hetero male love song I've ever heard...
posted by black8 at 5:37 PM on July 1, 2012 [1 favorite]

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