When Lincoln introduced the Navigator in the late ‘90s, it was a cultural movement. The very first full-size luxury SUV. It became one of the most sought after SUVs, and it really set the standard as to how they’re made today. I also saw one every time I turned on MTV jams, which made me fall in love not only with the car even more—but the songs as well. So, without further ado, here are some of my favorite songs that should be listened to in a 1998 Lincoln navigator, preferably red.
Lord Tariq, Peter Gunz – Uptown baby
New York at its finest. I love the birds-eye view shots in this video. The person listening to this song definitely has their driver’s seat heavily reclined.
The Notorious B.I.G. – Sky’s The Limit
Pulling up to the house where your Sega Genesis awaits.
Blackstreet, Mya, Mase – Take Me There (Rugrats movie)
I feel like some kids in the suburbs would be listening to this soundtrack after having just seen the Rugrats movie. They have school the next morning, it’s 1998.
Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey – When You Believe (Prince of Egypt soundtrack)
And this is the soundtrack the grownups driving the Navigator would be listening to.
Sade – Somebody Already Broke My Heart
The cool dad or mom listening to this song in their 98 Navigator definitely spilled a small amount of coffee on the leather but they don’t mind because it’s their ‘family car’ and accidents are bound to happen. After this song is done they’ll switch back to the now-debunked New York’s Smooth JAZZ CD 101.9.
Brandy – Sittin Up In My Room
In this 98 Lincoln Navigator, you almost exclusively listen to music written by Babyface. All of the windows are down, you’re in Midtown breathing in all the fumes of the city, and it doesn’t even matter ‘cause Brandy.
Gucci Mane – Traphouse 3
You’re a college student in 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. You drive your parents’ old 98 Navigator because you don’t like to take the T. This is what you listen to on the way to a basement party in Allston. The bass is turned up uncomfortably high with absolutely no mids. The seats have some cracks in them but who cares.
Dexys Midnight Runners – Come on Eileen
The year is 1999. You’re on your way back from Circuit City with your new Gateway computer. You enjoy songs with multiple keys and tempos with your sunroof open.
Luther Vandross – Always and Forever
This is what I would listen to in a 98 navigator. A nice, wide, rich mix.
Isley Brothers – For the Love of You (part 2)
You’re driving through NJ at around 9pm. It’s August and the air is thick. But you have your heated seat on anyway. This song is not on at full volume but has a great balance of cicadas and the music.