Eye in the Sky (song)

"Eye in the Sky"
Single by The Alan Parsons Project
from the album Eye in the Sky
B-side "Gemini",
"Mammagamma" (Germany)
Released 1982
Format 7"
Recorded Late 1981
Genre Soft rock, progressive rock
Length 4:36
3:55 (7" version)
Label Arista
Writer(s) Alan Parsons, Eric Woolfson
Producer(s) Alan Parsons, Eric Woolfson
The Alan Parsons Project singles chronology
"Snake Eyes"
"Eye in the Sky"
Eye in the Sky track listing
"Eye in the Sky"
"Children of the Moon"

"Eye in the Sky" is a 1982 song by the British rock band The Alan Parsons Project from the album Eye in the Sky. It hit #3 on the Billboard charts in the U.S. in October 1982,[1] #1 in both Canada and Spain, and #6 in New Zealand and was their most successful release. The instrumental piece entitled "Sirius" segues into "Eye in the Sky"' on the original recording. Lady Antebellum's 2011 hit "Need You Now" has been heavily compared to the chorus.


The 1:54 minute instrumental piece entitled "Sirius" immediately precedes "Eye in the Sky"' on the original recording, which then seamlessly leads into "Eye in the Sky" as a second track. On the single release, "Eye In The Sky" appears on its own, with "Sirius" edited out; this is the version that was usually played on pop radio at the time. However, Album-oriented Rock (AOR) and classic rock stations almost exclusively include the "Sirius" intro. "Sirius," meanwhile, has become a staple of many big-time college and professional sporting arenas throughout North America, and is best known in the U.S. as the instrumental song that was used to introduce the starting lineup of the Chicago Bulls for home games played at the old Chicago Stadium and then the United Center in the 1990s, during their run of six NBA championships between 1991 and 1998.[2] The instrumental piece (along with "Eye in the Sky") will be also used as the entrance song to the Chicago Cubs starting in the 2017 season.

In other media

"Eye In The Sky" is heard on the 2002/2003 video game compilation Activision Anthology on the virtual tape deck in the main menu.


Charts (1982) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report[3] 22
Canadian RPM Top Singles[4] 1
Canadian RPM Top Adult Contemporary[5] 7
French Singles Chart[6] 16
German Singles Chart[7] 38
Italian Singles Chart[8] 5
New Zealand Singles Chart[7] 6
Spain (AFYVE)[9] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[10] 3
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[10] 11

Year-end chart

Chart (1982) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles[11] 31
Italian Singles Chart[8] 45
Spanish Singles Chart 1
US Billboard Hot 100 32
US Cashbox Top 100[12] 28

Cover versions

Critics in Europe and North America have pointed to similarities between the melody of Lady Antebellum's 2010 single "Need You Now" and Eye in the Sky.[14][15]


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  2. Cohen, Ben. "The One Record the Warriors Can’t Take From the Bulls: Even as Golden State closes on a historic 73rd win, Chicago’s pre-game music still sets the standard," Wall Street Journal (April 12, 2016).
  3. Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. "Eye in the Sky in Canadian Charts". CollectionsCanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  5. "Eye in the Sky in Canadian Adult Contemporary Charts". CollectionsCanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  6. "Artists". InfoDisc.fr. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
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  8. 1 2 "I singoli più venduti del 1982". HitParade Italia (in Italian). Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  9. Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  10. 1 2 "The Alan Parsons Project". MusicVF.com.
  11. "Top 100 Singles". RPM. republished online at CollectionsCanada.gc.ca. 37 (19). 25 December 1982. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  12. "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1982 Top 100 Pop Singles (As published in the December 25, 1982, issue)". Cashbox. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  13. Hermann, Andy (23 February 2004). "Jonatha Brooke: Back in the Circus". PopMatters. Retrieved 11 October 2015. Even better is her completely unexpected take on that old Alan Parsons Project chestnut, "Eye in the Sky", which she reclaims as a heart-wrenching folk ballad.
  14. RODGERS, D. PATRICK, "Alan Parsons' Camp Alleges Lady Antebellum Rip-Off," Nashville Scene (NOV 11, 2010).
  15. "Is this an Awards Show or What?". NOW Toronto. 14 February 2011.
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