This is the song which plays while Rory and Dean are eating their home-made dinner together at Babette’s.
Johnny Angel is a 1962 teen pop song by Shelley Fabares, the actress who played Mary Stone on The Donna Reed Show. It was a cover version of a song written by Lyn Duddy and Lee Pockriss, and had been earlier recorded with little success. The song was the first single released from Fabares’ debut album Shelley!, and premiered on The Donna Reed Show. It went to #1 on the charts, and sold over one million copies.
The song tells of a girl’s great love for boy, as if to say that Rory is making such a big effort for Dean because she really loves him and wants his approval. The link with Donna Reed makes it an apt choice.