Eye in the Sky (song)

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"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 Canada, 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.


It has been noted that Eric Woolfson, the songwriter and vocalist of this song, spent a lot of time in casinos and in commercial districts, fascinated by the hidden security cameras that monitor gamblers and shoppers, hence the theme of the song. See "Eye in the Sky."[2]

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" being edited out; this is the version that was usually played on pop radio at the time. However, AOR and classic rock stations almost exclusively include the "Sirius" intro.

"Sirius", meanwhile, is best known in the US as the instrumental song that was used to introduce the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s, during their run of six NBA titles between 1991 and 1998. The piece has also been used by the Phoenix Suns to introduce their starting lineup during home games. Since the 1994 season, "Sirius" has played before the Nebraska Cornhuskers' home football games as part of the pre-game Tunnel Walk.[3][4] In Italy, Serie A team Sassuolo Calcio use this song when the team enters the pitch at the home games.

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

Reports surfaced in November 2010 that Lady Antebellum's single "Need You Now" has the same melody as "Eye In The Sky".[5]


Charts (1982) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report[6] 22
Canadian RPM Top Singles[7] 1
Canadian RPM Top Adult Contemporary[8] 7
French Singles Chart[9] 16
German Singles Chart[10] 38
Italian Singles Chart[11] 5
New Zealand Singles Chart[10] 6
Spain (AFYVE)[12] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[13] 3
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[13] 11

Year-End Chart[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles[14] 31
Italian Singles Chart[11] 45
Spanish Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 32
U.S. Cashbox Top 100[15] 28



  1. ^ Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1982
  2. ^ Alan Parsons: If You Believe In The Power Of Magic - From the Official Website, The Alan Parsons Music. See Paragraph 27 at the Wayback Machine (archived April 9, 2006)
  3. ^ http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=1087317
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFD269FD5A51EEAB5
  5. ^ Wendy Geller (2010-10-18). "Lady Antebellum's 'Need You Now'--A Ripoff?". Yahoo!-Our Country blog. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  7. ^ "Eye in the Sky in Canadian Charts". http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Eye in the Sky in Canadian Adult Contemporary Charts". http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  9. ^ http://infodisc.fr/Artistes.php
  10. ^ a b http://www.swedishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=The+Alan+Parsons+Project&titel=Eye+In+The+Sky&cat=s
  11. ^ a b http://www.hitparadeitalia.it/hp_yends/hpe1982.htm
  12. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  13. ^ a b http://musicvf.com/The+Alan+Parsons+Project.art
  14. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.6167&type=1&interval=20&PHPSESSID=i4gn28aq84gsf4h6491fh24900
  15. ^ http://cashboxmagazine.com/the-80s-archives/cash-box-ye-pop-singles-1982-2

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