Donna's "Love To Love You Baby" has been an oft-repeated line in R&B and hip-hop songs most notably in Beyoncé's "Naughty Girl" single, Timbaland & Magoo's 1997 track, "Love to Love You", and TLC's 1999 album track, "I'm Good At Being Bad".
Donna's "Last Dance" and "On the Radio" was covered by Tejano/pop singer Selena, most famously at one of her last shows at the Houston Astrodome in February 26, 1995.
Donna was the only black member of her first band The Crow.
Donna cites her 1978 hit "Last Dance" as her favorite of her past recordings.
Time magazine reports that "Love to Love You Baby" featured 22 orgasms by Donna.
Donna's devout Christian parents criticized her for recording "Love to Love You Baby" with Donna's mother in disbelief that her daughter recorded the sensuous track.
Donna's successful music career has landed her as the eighth most successful recording artist in the history of Billboard behind contemporary female acts as Whitney Houston and Madonna among others.
She has been eligible for induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame since 2000 but has not been nominated to be inducted.
She was later persuaded to record "Love to Love You Baby" lying on the floor of a pitch dark studio and imagined herself as an actress (Marilyn Monroe to be precise) playing the part of someone in that role.
Donna was the first female artist to garner back-to-back multiplatinum double albums and the first female artist to incorporate synthesizers as well as the first artist to create an extended play song.
She became the first female artist in music history to have two hits in the Billboard Top 3 at the same time (with "Hot Stuff" and Bad Girls".)
She is the daughter of Andrew Gaines and Mary Ellen Gaines.
Her hit single "Melody of Love" became Billboard’s #1 Dance Record of the Year.
She began singing at the age of 8.
She has three daughters: Mimi, Brooklyn, and Amanda.
She is the only person to have guest hosted on "American Bandstand".
Donna was the first artist to score three consecutive U.S. #1 albums.
Bruce Springsteen has written two songs for her.
She ranked #37 on VH1's Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.
She charted 21 #1 hits on the Billboard Disco/Dance charts, over a period of 25 years.