Culture 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy  

Jacob Shelton
71.1k votes 4k voters 22.2k 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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2,198 504
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Old Books

2
2,157 686
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Gasoline

3
1,086 440
Sharpie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
VHrules added

4
1,528 884
White Board Markers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
White Board Markers

5
751 490
dish soap is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
egecko22 added dish soap

6
886 720
New Tires is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
wgarrison added New Tires

7
1,108 1,299
Chlorine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Chlorine

8
275 249
Your Own Farts is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
BHinz added Your Own Farts

9
990 1,524
Puppy Breath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Puppy Breath

10
831 1,314
Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Hairspray

11
768 1,366
Paint Thinner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Paint Thinner

12
537 905
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
771 1,428
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Bleach

14
757 1,434
Freshly Laid Tar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Freshly Laid Tar

15
666 1,319
Wet Hay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Wet Hay

16
670 1,456
Vinegar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Vinegar

17
600 1,475
Livestock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Livestock

18
300 679
Steamed Broccoli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Steamed Broccoli

19
535 1,431
Old Coins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Old Coins

20
502 1,507
Frito Feet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Frito Feet

21
539 1,705
Cigarette Smoke is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Cigarette Smoke

22
514 1,621
Skunks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Skunks

23
355 1,548
A Damp Basement is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
A Damp Basement

24
216 940
Farts! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Josh Lucas added

25
341 1,652
Burnt Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Burnt Popcorn

26
83 334
Skunk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
BHinz added

27
311 1,570
Burnt Toast is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Burnt Toast

28
153 750
Burnt Rubber is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Burnt Rubber

29
255 1,647
Sweat is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Sweat

30
215 1,451
Camembert Cheese is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Camembert Cheese

31
196 1,471
Burning Dust is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Burning Dust

32
107 772
Armpit is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Armpit

33
166 1,606
Wet Dog is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Wet Dog

34
161 1,563
Belly Button Lint is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Belly Button Lint

35
144 1,455
Used Adhesive Strips is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Used Adhesive Strips

36
89 1,116
Ear Wax is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
BillGeisel added Ear Wax

37
85 1,256
Burnt Hair is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Hester Nash added Burnt Hair

38
52 744
Bare Feet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Bare Feet

39
51 1,104
Ear Cheese is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
Nicole Cox added Ear Cheese

40
26 727
Locker Room is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Locker Room

41
19 794
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Diarrhea

42
13 740
Urine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Urine

43
12 734
Phlegm is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added

44
10 748
Sewage is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 25 Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Sewage