Culture 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy  

Jacob Shelton
73k votes 4k voters 22.8k views 44 items

List Rules Vote up the nasty scents you can't help but enjoy smelling.

Admit it, there are some bad smells you kind of like. Have you ever been driving alone at night when the scent of a skunk wafted in through your air conditioning vents and instead of being repulsed, you felt like you were in flavor country? A lot of you are probably shaking your heads and acting like you just saw your grandma slapped, but that's just because skunks aren't your  particular jam. Even so, you almost certainly like an odor everyone else finds offensive.

There are so many stinky smells that are pleasant in their own unique ways, even if you're the only person who can enjoy them. Some, like freshly laid tar, gasoline, or cigarette smoke, have more fans, while others can seem like smells no one else likes. There's no shame in it, so go on and vote up the best worst smells you kind of enjoy sniffing. It's an olfactory extravaganza!
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2,243 516
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Old Books

2
2,199 703
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Gasoline

3
1,130 454
Sharpie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
VHrules added

4
1,556 905
White Board Markers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
White Board Markers

5
780 512
dish soap is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
egecko22 added dish soap

6
913 743
New Tires is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
wgarrison added New Tires

7
1,133 1,326
Chlorine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Chlorine

8
292 280
Your Own Farts is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
BHinz added Your Own Farts

9
1,009 1,557
Puppy Breath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Puppy Breath

10
850 1,342
Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Hairspray

11
558 935
Zippo Lighter fuel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Scott Wilson added Zippo Lighter fuel

12
778 1,402
Paint Thinner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Paint Thinner

13
790 1,456
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Bleach

14
773 1,466
Freshly Laid Tar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Freshly Laid Tar

15
681 1,346
Wet Hay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Wet Hay

16
681 1,488
Vinegar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Vinegar

17
609 1,508
Livestock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Livestock

18
307 713
Steamed Broccoli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Steamed Broccoli

19
542 1,464
Old Coins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Old Coins

20
514 1,539
Frito Feet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Frito Feet

21
549 1,741
Cigarette Smoke is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Cigarette Smoke

22
522 1,660
Skunks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Skunks

23
366 1,580
A Damp Basement is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
A Damp Basement

24
219 979
Farts! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Josh Lucas added

25
346 1,692
Burnt Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Burnt Popcorn

26
319 1,607
Burnt Toast is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Burnt Toast

27
89 374
Skunk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
BHinz added

28
160 788
Burnt Rubber is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Burnt Rubber

29
258 1,685
Sweat is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Sweat

30
218 1,482
Camembert Cheese is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Camembert Cheese

31
199 1,502
Burning Dust is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Burning Dust

32
110 809
Armpit is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Armpit

33
171 1,640
Wet Dog is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Wet Dog

34
164 1,598
Belly Button Lint is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Belly Button Lint

35
147 1,486
Used Adhesive Strips is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Used Adhesive Strips

36
92 1,150
Ear Wax is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
BillGeisel added Ear Wax

37
88 1,290
Burnt Hair is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Hester Nash added Burnt Hair

38
53 779
Bare Feet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Bare Feet

39
52 1,139
Ear Cheese is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Nicole Cox added Ear Cheese

40
26 763
Locker Room is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Locker Room

41
19 829
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Diarrhea

42
13 774
Urine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Urine

43
12 767
Phlegm is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added

44
10 781
Sewage is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Sewage