Written by guitarist Carl Bell, "Bad Day" was written before the band was signed to a major label. The band tried to record a version for their major label debut, but according to lead singer Brett Scallions, "We tried recording 'Bad Day' back when we did the Sunburn album [in 1998] and just didn’t get it right. It was a song that was with us way before we signed on with Sony and Epic."
"Bad Day" was the final single released from Something Like Human and peaked at #64 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart that year. Just following its release, the song was actively climbing Billboards's charts, when its success was cut short by the events of the 911 attack on NY. The song, as well as other songs such as Sinatra's "New York, New York", was place on a DJ's list of songs deemed too sensitive for airplay following the events, which effectively pulled it from playlists at the time just prior to reaching the Top 10 on Billboard's Modern Rock charts.