Culture 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy  

Jacob Shelton
53.1k votes 3.1k voters 18.5k 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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1,727 407
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Old Books

2
1,711 543
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Gasoline

3
722 281
Sharpie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
VHrules added

4
1,232 687
White Board Markers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
White Board Markers

5
507 287
dish soap is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
egecko22 added dish soap

6
613 522
New Tires is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
1520798977417 added New Tires

7
909 1,013
Chlorine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Chlorine

8
673 1,028
Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Hairspray

9
776 1,217
Puppy Breath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Puppy Breath

10
612 1,077
Paint Thinner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Paint Thinner

11
378 637
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
617 1,146
Freshly Laid Tar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Freshly Laid Tar

13
611 1,137
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Bleach

14
530 1,047
Wet Hay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Wet Hay

15
556 1,147
Vinegar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Vinegar

16
478 1,177
Livestock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Livestock

17
175 395
Steamed Broccoli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Steamed Broccoli

18
419 1,143
Old Coins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Old Coins

19
444 1,370
Cigarette Smoke is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Cigarette Smoke

20
391 1,205
Frito Feet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Frito Feet

21
416 1,305
Skunks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Skunks

22
185 577
Farts! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Josh Lucas added

23
28 18
Your Own Farts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
BHinz added Your Own Farts

24
294 1,230
A Damp Basement is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
A Damp Basement

25
288 1,311
Burnt Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Burnt Popcorn

26
262 1,243
Burnt Toast is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Burnt Toast

27
88 444
Burnt Rubber is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Burnt Rubber

28
217 1,326
Sweat is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Sweat

29
185 1,158
Camembert Cheese is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Camembert Cheese

30
161 1,184
Burning Dust is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Burning Dust

31
62 476
Armpit is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Armpit

32
146 1,292
Wet Dog is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Wet Dog

33
5 32
Skunk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
BHinz added

34
132 1,258
Belly Button Lint is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Belly Button Lint

35
121 1,163
Used Adhesive Strips is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Used Adhesive Strips

36
66 811
Ear Wax is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
BillGeisel added Ear Wax

37
61 956
Burnt Hair is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Hester Nash added Burnt Hair

38
30 451
Bare Feet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Bare Feet

39
38 805
Ear Cheese is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Nicole Cox added Ear Cheese

40
16 429
Locker Room is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Locker Room

41
12 476
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Diarrhea

42
7 431
Phlegm is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added

43
6 435
Urine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Urine

44
4 441
Sewage is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Sewage