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
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1.408 225
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1.262 340
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1.282 236
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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908 571
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1.074 406
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1.099 292
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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874 362
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

9
986 227
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

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771 349
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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692 314
Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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703 236
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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13
878 259
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

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557 121
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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885 173
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

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568 237
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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747 359
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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554 179
Mint is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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754 198
Clothes Fresh Out of the Drier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Clothes Fresh Out of the Drier

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679 369
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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487 159
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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557 204
Orange is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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500 280
Basil is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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641 281
The Moment Before It Rains is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Moment Before It Rains

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521 123
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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