Quick explanation: the guy is douchebag. Of course you don't marry the guy who threatens to jump off a bridge if you don't tell him something deeply personal. WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?
Mostly because these indifferentiable songs seem to only appear in shows/movies that involve the big school dance--which is further proof that the media is far removed from the truth. No one's high school played songs like this. You can't freak dance to this mellowness.
"Fade into You" by Mazzy Star (1994)
Appeared in Angus (which, PS, is a terrible movie about a high school outcast learning self-confidence. It was almost unwatchable, and this is coming from someone who voluntarily sat through Lucas the other day) and the Gilmore Girls episode "Rory's Dance."
"Wild Horses" by The Sundays (1992)
Appeared in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "The Prom," also known as the end of the glory days of Buffy.