Need You Now won three Grammy Awards in 2011, including "Song Of The Year," and "Record Of The Year." Eye In The Sky was not even nominated when it was released in 1982. Parsons is best known for his audio engineering/production work on numerous Abbey Road Studios recordings including Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.
For music theorists:
Part of the similarity, stems from the fact that both songs progress from a major tonic chord to a minor third chord for two bars each in the chorus (in the case of Need You Now, E major to G# minor; in the case of Eye In The Sky, D major to F# minor).
Need You Now (1:07) VS Eye In The Sky (1:28)
As a musician and composer, I’m often struck by similarities between pop songs. If you’ve ever listened to a tune on the radio and thought to yourself, “this sounds really familiar,” or “what does this melody remind me of,” (or more bluntly, “this song is a rip-off of …”) then you have shared in the experience.