His quad accident pushes him to the top with 'Changes'...

Ozzy Osbourne’s quad accident has mobilised the sympathy vote and pushed him to number one on the UK singles chart today (December 14).

‘Changes’, the duet he has recorded with daughter Kelly has gone straight to the top and pushed Will Young to number two. It leaves Ozzy in great shape for an unlikely Christmas number one next week.

However, Sir Cliff Richard now looks out of the Christmas race. The veteran Christian chart botherer debuts this week at five with ‘Santa’s List’, this year’s attempt to make it to the top at Christmas. Also on the top 10, Evanscence go in at seven with ‘My Immortal’, Christina Aguilera bows at nine with ‘The Voice Within’ and The Cheeky Girls enter at 10 with ‘Have A Cheeky Christmas’.

Madonna narrowly misses another top 10 hit as ‘Love Profusion’ goes in at 11 today, two ahead of Nelly Furtado at 13 with ’Powerless’, which is itself two ahead of Big Brovaz at 15 with their cover of ‘Ain’t What You Do’.

There are no other new entries on the top 20, though UB40 rise from 28 to 17 with their rugby anthem ‘Swing Low’ – still riding the crest of last week’s London victory parade by the rugby world cup winners.

Former S Clubber Rachel Stevens will be bitterly disappointed today that her second solo single – the David Bowie sampling ‘Funky Dory’ – stiffs at number 26, just three ahead of Noddy with ‘Make Way For Noddy’.

There is little movement on the album chart with Dido climbing back to number one and Will Young slipping to two.

The real chart battle begins tomorrow (December 15) as the frontrunners for the Christmas number one are released.