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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2
1,515 250
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

3
1,361 373
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,373 256
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,176 435
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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959 628
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

7
1,184 308
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

8
942 390
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

9
1,070 244
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

10
827 379
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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759 342
Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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12
761 257
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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13
628 126
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World

14
942 284
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

15
951 186
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

16
619 256
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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818 384
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

18
600 199
Mint is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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815 208
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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537 173
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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21
723 396
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

22
598 220
Orange is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added

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567 133
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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528 299
Basil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World

25
680 300
The Moment Before It Rains is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Moment Before It Rains