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Original Soundtrack

  • Battle Point Unlimited ∞ when Trunks goes SSJ before Freeza. The song is one of Kenji Yamamoto's best songs. However, the song is made of three different songs from an album released by the German band Propaganda. Due to plagiarism, Battle Point Unlimited ∞ is officially excluded from all new soundtrack collections and caused several soundtracks to be replaced from video games.
  • M1307, unofficially known as "The Deadly Cell Games", was played in nearly every fight from the Android saga onward. Why? Because it's awesome.
  • Hironobu Kageyama being one who has his own section in the Awesome Music department made a large number of hits for Dragon Ball, starting with "Spirit vs Spirit", which is the theme that reflected Gohan's emotions when he fought Cell.
  • While not epic like most of the songs on this list, the first two ED themes for Dragon Ball Z - Detekoi Tobikiri Zenkai Power!, a sprightly and catchy cheer to encourage Gohan, and We Were Angels, a song of remembrance - are both just so fun and upbeat it's hard to get them out of your head.

Funimation Soundtrack

  • Regardless of what you think about the English dub of Dragon Ball Z, Faulconer Productions wrote some pretty epic music for it. Highlights include: Vegeta - Super Saiyan, which usually meant Vegeta was doing something totally awesome, Ginyu Transformation, generally played when a major villain died or during other particularly epic moments, and SSJ3 Power-Up which is a superhero victory tune if ever there was one.
  • Pretty much everyone's "Power's Up" music is going to be a crowning moment. Even Krillin, who unfortunately didn't get too many moments to shine as the series went on, gets an amazing one.
  • Vegeta's regular theme, nicknamed "Hell's Bells" by some fans.
  • Goku's super saiyan theme. Epic music for the very first onscreen Super Saiyan transformation,
  • Also pretty much all of Cell's music, which goes from epic to creepy depending on the mood he's in, especially Perfect Cell Runs and Imperfect Cell Theme. And then there's the epic redoing of Perfect Cell Runs that plays after he comes back from blowing himself up, stronger than ever.note 
  • One of the numerous American bands utilized in the U.S. releases of the DBZ movies, in this case the first Cooler Movie.
  • Buu's chaotically evil themes, Super Buu's theme, Kid Buu's theme, Evil Buu Theme, Buu Is Fighting. Even Fat Buu's theme could count, the way it mixes an unsettling air of ominousness behind whimsy.
  • Piccolo's theme sets the tone for pretty much every moment that Piccolo has, whether it be getting ready to go to a fight he's not sure he'll survive, to watching over the world as everything goes to hell. It's serious and determined, yet calm and serene. A perfect match for his character, and one of the most awesome songs in the show.
  • Goku's Super Saiyan theme is pretty rocking too. It sounds like the battle on Namek reaching its climax.
  • Shuki Levy's music for the Saban era isn't too bad, definitely more atmospheric than melodic. Check out the early episodes' tracks like "The World's Strongest Team" or "Gohan's Hidden Powers" (it's rumored that Ron Wasserman of Power Rangers fame helped compose and perform this early music, which may explain why they have a Power Rangers vibe). Though officially unreleased, Goku had a very angelic motif that played during both his arrivals in the Saiyan and Namek sagas.

Dragon Ball Kai

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Dragon Ball GT

Dragon Ball Super

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Video Games

  • Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo has "Power of Dreamer". Especially awesome in that they brought Hiroki Takahashi (the singer of Makafushigi Adventure) back to sing it.