popular opinion The Best Smells in the World  

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules Vote up your favorite scents that just smell really good.

Scientists have found that smell is the sense that’s most tied into memory, and this makes one contemplate the possibility that a person’s favorite smell is tied into a favorite memory. Whether it’s your mother cooking breakfast on a Sunday morning, or the memory of a beach vacation with an ex-lover, these sense memories are waiting in your subconscious to be awakened with one sniff of a candle. Call us sentimental, but all of the scents and pleasant odors on this list of the best smells in the world are connected to important parts of life, and you likely feel the same way about more than one of the smells on this list.

Even though you probably smell it every day, the aroma of ground coffee is still one of the best smelling scents imaginable. It’s possibly only topped by the smell of the air before it begins to rain. You'll surely have your own personal list of the best smells in the entire world, but how many of them cross over with those on this list? Are any of the smells something that most people find super gross, but you just love?

Check out this list of the best smells and don’t forget to vote up the ones your nose loves the most. Are any of your favorite scents missing? Feel free to add them for others to vote on.
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After it Rains is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Desertrat89 added After it Rains

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721 116
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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626 174
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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710 110
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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523 280
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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585 211
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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589 178
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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466 201
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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449 176
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
STLsportsMGH added Barbecue

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340 123
Rose is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
aurapurify added Rose

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526 131
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

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494 142
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

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508 93
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

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347 123
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added Apple pie

The Most Beautiful Women in the World

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414 212
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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268 117
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Pizza

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378 203
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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214 44
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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296 96
Orange is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added Orange

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426 118
Clothes Fresh Out of the Drier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Clothes Fresh Out of the Drier

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384 161
The Moment Before It Rains is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Moment Before It Rains

The Most Anticipated New Video Games of 2016

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258 81
Mint is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Mint

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295 167
Basil is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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336 206
A New Car is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A New Car

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237 74
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Citrus

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238 66
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Chocolate

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239 328
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Gasoline

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279 100
Lilacs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Smells in the World
william-pratt added Lilacs

The Scariest Animals in the World

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163 27
Forest is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Smells in the World
julian-matthias added Forest

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215 71
Freshly Washed Hair is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Freshly Washed Hair

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242 217
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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383 105
A Real Christmas Tree is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A Real Christmas Tree

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277 146
Pumpkin pie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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161 44
Lavender is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Smells in the World
FinnStratford added Lavender

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222 125
Waffle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Smells in the World

The Top 6 Real-Life Versions of Batman Villains

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163 70
Honeysuckle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added Honeysuckle

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252 157
baby's hair is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Desertrat89 added baby's hair

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234 152
Just Lit Matches is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Just Lit Matches

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79 95
Old Spice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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115 39
Wood is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Smells in the World
julian-matthias added Wood

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289 116
Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Jasmine

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120 66
Gardenia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Eicart added Gardenia

The Most Delicious Foods in the World

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182 186
Sautéed Onions is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sautéed Onions

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102 153
Permanent Markers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Permanent Markers

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106 66
Loved Ones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Smells in the World
MikeHouston added Loved Ones

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194 161
The Way Your Home Smells After... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Way Your Home Smells After You've Been Away

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203 95
Magnolia Trees is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Magnolia Trees

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95 115
Incense is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Smells in the World
jonathan-guerra added Incense

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139 127
Freshly cut hay in the fields is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Desertrat89 added Freshly cut hay in the fields

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143 152
New Paper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Smells in the World
New Paper