Ballroom Bliss! 'Dancing with the Stars' ' 17 Best Routines from Season 22

The two-part DWTS finale kicks off Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC

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Dancing with the Stars‘ is quick-stepping toward its two-part finale on Monday night, and, while the spotlight will be on the dances performed by finale three Nyle DiMarco, Paige VanZant and Ginger Zee, there have been many incredible performances along the way by the entire season 22 cast.

Below, we run down our favorite routines of the season so far.

17. "Cake by the Ocean," Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd

DiMarco’s first dance of the season shocked everyone in the best way possible, making him an early front-runner. And looking back, it’s hard not to see why this red-hot cha cha with Murgatroyd is one of the season’s best.

16. "Home," Ginger Zee and Valentin Chmerkovskiy

In an emotional tribute to husband Ben Aaron and son Adrian Benjamin, Zee took the DWTS stage for a breathtaking contemporary dance set to Phillip Phillips‘ 2012 American Idol coronation anthem.

15. "The Facts of Life Theme," Kim Fields and Sasha Farber

Fields called her Most Memorable Year performance “a love letter to the fans” – and that’s just what she gave in a foxtrot set to the theme song from the ’80s sitcom that made her a star. Sure, it wasn’t Fields and Farber‘s highest-scoring performance of the series … but TOOTIE!

14. "The Rainbow Connection," Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff

Want a good cry? After revealing that his parents both died on the same day within an hour of one another, NFL legend Flutie honored their great romance in a waltz with Smirnoff that had everyone – even Flutie – in tears after. Adding to the emotion? Singer Charla Corn’s haunting rendition of Kermit the Frog‘s ’70s favorite.

13. "The Circle of Life," Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold

For Disney Night, Morris and Arnold brought a high-energy samba set to District 78’s remix of The Lion King‘s opening track. One might say Morris danced his tail off.

12. "You’ve Got a Friend in Me," Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas

Ballas is known for bringing the creativity to the ballroom, and his Disney Night quickstep with VanZant was no exception. VanZant’s precision is part of a reason the UFC fighter has made it to the finals, and watching back this this dance – which earned the couple the highest score of the night – it’s clear to see why.

11. "I Get to Love You," Nyle DiMarco and Sharna Burgess

DiMarco earned the first 10 of the season during Switch Up Night, while dancing a waltz to Ruelle’s “I Get to Love You.” And that first top score came from tough judge Len Goodman, so you know it was earned.

10. "Bye Bye Bye," Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold

When the Boyz II Men singer hit the floor for with Arnold for a jazz dance set to ‘NSYNC‘s hit “Bye Bye Bye,” he earned a stellar 29 out of 30 from the judges – and rave reviews from band members and DWTS alums Joey Fatone and Lance Bass.

9. "Try," Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe

Fuller House star Sweetin pushed through an injury to recreate the iconic dance from Pink‘s “Try” video. But the pain yielded electrifying results, with the actress earning high scores for the contemporary dance.

8. "James Brown Tribute," Top 4 Guys

It’s no wonder the all-male team took home a group victory during Icons Night. Morris, DiMarco, Antonio Brown and Von Miller had everyone feelin’ good in a tribute medley to the Godfather of Soul. Could this be the best group dance of all time?

7. "I Have Nothing," Ginger Zee and Valentin Chmerkovskiy

The Good Morning America meteorologist earned a perfect score of the season on Icons Night, with an elegant and stunning Viennese waltz to one of Whitney Houston‘s biggest hits.

6. "Proud Mary," Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas

Right behind Zee and Chmerkovskiy were VanZant and Ballas, earning the second perfect score of the season – and of the night – with their high-spirited take on Tina Turner‘s 1970 signature song.

5. "I Say a Little Prayer," Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold

It was hard not to smile during Morris and Arnold’s adorable Icons Night foxtrot, set to Aretha Franklin‘s “I Say a Little Prayer.” Has there ever been a more adorable first date?

4. "Victorious," Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd

DiMarco allowed viewers to understand the challenges he has a deaf dancer during his energetic paso doble with Murgatroyd. While Panic! At the Disco’s “Victorious” provided perfect fuel for the intense dance, it’s when the music stopped – and DiMarco and company kept going – that earned this dance a spot on this list.

3. "One Time," Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas

VanZant and Ballas’ tango to Marian Hill’s “One Time” was almost too steamy for Goodman to handle. VanZant and Ballas both stripped throughout the number, making this the sexiest dance of the season.

2. "Hall of Fame," Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess

Brown came thisclose to making it into the DWTS finals. While he didn’t make the final cut, his beautiful and inspiring contemporary dance with Burgess to The Script’s “Hall of Fame” during the semifinals was enough to earn him a spot on this list.

1. "Unsteady," Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd

In what may be season 22’s most breathtaking moment, Murgatroyd blindfolded the deaf model for a portion of their steamy tango, set to the Erich Lee Gravity Remix of X Ambassadors’ “Unsteady.” With two senses out of commission, DiMarco still didn’t miss a beat, securing his place in the finals.

Dancing with the Stars‘ finale begins Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and concludes Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.

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