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

2
1,205 187
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

3
1,064 289
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,109 197
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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801 476
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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916 351
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

7
947 260
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

8
757 316
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

9
675 290
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
STLsportsMGH added

10
834 196
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

11
578 263
Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
aurapurify added

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593 199
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added

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779 148
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

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754 231
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

15
452 96
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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472 201
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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631 310
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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461 145
Mint is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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648 177
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

20
585 332
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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481 174
Orange is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added

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407 132
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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559 253
The Moment Before It Rains is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Moment Before It Rains

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433 251
Basil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World

25
438 107
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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476 322
A New Car is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A New Car

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405 491
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Gasoline

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356 95
Lavender is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Smells in the World
FinnStratford added

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428 165
Lilacs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Smells in the World
william-pratt added

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362 145
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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355 310
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Smells in the World

32
561 142
A Real Christmas Tree is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A Real Christmas Tree

33
408 204
Pumpkin pie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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335 54
Forest is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Forest

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279 118
Honeysuckle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added

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336 181
Waffle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Smells in the World

37
335 213
Just Lit Matches is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Just Lit Matches

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350 234
baby's hair is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Desertrat89 added baby's hair

39
401 146
Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Jasmine

40
196 109
Gardenia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Eicart added

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151 186
Old Spice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Smells in the World

42
258 245
Sautéed Onions is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sautéed Onions

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288 215
The Way Your Home Smells After... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Way Your Home Smells After You've Been Away

44
183 26
Cinnamon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Rainbowpitch added

45
191 123
Loved Ones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Smells in the World
MikeHouston added

46
179 254
Permanent Markers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

47
233 68
Wood is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Wood

48
174 173
Incense is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Smells in the World
jonathan-guerra added

49
227 191
New Paper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Smells in the World
New Paper

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281 127
Magnolia Trees is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Magnolia Trees