Song She Inspired: Ritchie Valens - "Donna" (1958)
Highest Position on the Billboard Hot 100: 2

"Donna" was written for Ritchie's high school sweetheart. Remember, the dude was just 17 when he died in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. So while writing a song to your high school sweetheart is a bit trite in the grand scheme of things, you get a pass if you're 17 years old. And you get a major pass if the B-side of that single, which didn't do as well, is the classic "La Bamba," which peaked at no. 22.