I Got Rhythm is a song composed by George Gershwin , with lyrics by Ira Gershwin , released in 1930 , which quickly became a jazz standard . His chord chart, called in French Anatole , served as the foundation for many other iconic pieces of jazz such as the standard bebop of Charlie Parker Anthropology .


Originally written with a slow rhythm for the musical Treasure Girl ( 1928 ), the theme of this song was sped up to be integrated into the musical Girl Crazy . Ethel Merman sang the theme at the first of this musical on Broadway in 1930 . It is reported that George Gershwin , after this first, asked him to never again take singing lessons.

The melody uses four notes of a pentatonic scale , ascending and descending, the rhythmic specificity of the theme residing in its syncopated rhythm. This theme was later enriched, notably in Variations on “I Got Rhythm” in 1934. This theme remains emblematic of the swing of the 1920s and the writing style of Gershwin.

The song is performed by Gene Kelly at the movies in the 1951 musical An American in Paris . She was ranked 32 th in the ranking AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Songs of the greatest songs of the American cinema .

This standard of jazz was notably taken over by Ornette Coleman ( Chippie ), or in the series Flintstones . Charlie Parker was also very inspired by this theme, for example for Anthropology . Mike Oldfield also took up this theme in Platinum .


  • Greenberg, Rodney (1998). George Gershwin . Phaidon Press. ( ISBN  0-7148-3504-8 ) .
  • Gershwin, George (1996). The Complete Gershwin Keyboard Works . WB MUSIC CORP. ( ISBN  1-57623-743-5 ) .