Culture 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy  

Jacob Shelton
64.3k votes 3.7k voters 21k 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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2,034 460
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Old Books

2
1,996 631
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Gasoline

3
945 384
Sharpie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
VHrules added

4
1,419 808
White Board Markers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
White Board Markers

5
674 401
dish soap is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
egecko22 added dish soap

6
801 634
New Tires is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
wgarrison added New Tires

7
1,032 1,195
Chlorine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Chlorine

8
198 145
Your Own Farts is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
BHinz added Your Own Farts

9
912 1,418
Puppy Breath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Puppy Breath

10
774 1,204
Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Hairspray

11
712 1,251
Paint Thinner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Paint Thinner

12
481 798
Zippo Lighter fuel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Scott Wilson added Zippo Lighter fuel

13
707 1,319
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Bleach

14
704 1,319
Freshly Laid Tar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Freshly Laid Tar

15
625 1,204
Wet Hay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Wet Hay

16
635 1,333
Vinegar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Vinegar

17
569 1,348
Livestock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Livestock

18
258 561
Steamed Broccoli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Steamed Broccoli

19
500 1,315
Old Coins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Old Coins

20
465 1,386
Frito Feet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Frito Feet

21
478 1,494
Skunks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Skunks

22
499 1,584
Cigarette Smoke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Cigarette Smoke

23
207 797
Farts! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Josh Lucas added

24
339 1,417
A Damp Basement is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
A Damp Basement

25
323 1,516
Burnt Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Burnt Popcorn

26
291 1,443
Burnt Toast is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Burnt Toast

27
54 210
Skunk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
BHinz added

28
127 632
Burnt Rubber is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Burnt Rubber

29
249 1,514
Sweat is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Sweat

30
208 1,329
Camembert Cheese is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Camembert Cheese

31
182 1,358
Burning Dust is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Burning Dust

32
92 657
Armpit is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Armpit

33
161 1,483
Wet Dog is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Wet Dog

34
152 1,441
Belly Button Lint is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Belly Button Lint

35
135 1,337
Used Adhesive Strips is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Used Adhesive Strips

36
80 994
Ear Wax is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
BillGeisel added Ear Wax

37
80 1,131
Burnt Hair is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Hester Nash added Burnt Hair

38
48 625
Bare Feet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Bare Feet

39
48 986
Ear Cheese is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Nicole Cox added Ear Cheese

40
23 607
Locker Room is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Locker Room

41
16 671
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Diarrhea

42
11 621
Urine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Urine

43
10 619
Phlegm is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added

44
7 631
Sewage is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Sewage