Hi there mabango,
Dominiqu3Renee is correct! Chanel No 5 has been an vanity shelf favorite for decades! However, just because a fragrance is popular does not mean one should invest in getting a bottle. Scents are very personal and there are particular scents that just don't work for everyone. Chanel No 5 is made up of bold notes, which give it a very distinct smell.
I personally favor Chanel Chance (such a dignified and sophisticated scent) and Coco Mademoiselle (a little more playful, but it still possesses that regal scent that is often associated with Chanel fragrances).
I think in the last 8 - 10 yrs it's been Coco Madamoiselle and Chance (incl. the different versions) . I remember when Madamoiselle came out and then it seemed like most new perfumes had that same distict note, even a Jennifer Lopez one was similar.
I just bought Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche. I owned the original Chance as well as Madamoiselle but they just didn't work with my chemistry. But I love the quality of Chanel, they last all day!!
I believe that Chanel No.5 is the most popular, but I wouldn't buy a fragrance based on popularity. Fragrance can vary from person to person and a fragrance that smells good on one person won't necessarily smell good on you. I would go into Sephora and ask for samples of a few Chanel scents and try them for about a week to see which ones smell best on. I know it took me about a month before I could commit to my fragrance (Chanel Chance Eau De Toilette). I'm glad I waited though because since I was spending a good amount of money I wanted to make sure I was investing in something I would like. With that said see if you like Chanel Chance it's my personal favorite Hope that helped!
In the last 10 years or so, I think that Coco Mademoiselle has been the most popular, with Chanel no. 5 being the most iconic. They recently came out with Chanel no. 5 eau premiere, which is supposed to be an updated version of the original. I personally like it better and ended up buying a bottle.
I agree with everything that has been said!
Chanel No. 5 is definitely a true iconic scent that is known everywhere for its glamour and classy reputation.
Lately I have been smelling Chanel Mademoiselle a LOT on women! My nose picks it up right away, it is such a light and feminine scent.
My personal favorite is the original Chanel Chance which is a slightly stronger floral scent that lasts me for hours. You can't go wrong with a Chanel scent. Try to smell these first so you can see what you like and what lasts on your skin. Happy Shopping!