It is in the style of most of the group's previous singles, a rock song with touches of R&B, especially in the vocals. It is most noted for its funk-style guitar parts that permeate throughout the entire song.
An unrelated song with the same title was released by Tim Christensen on his 2008 albumSuperior. According to Christensen: "While I sat with an acoustic guitar and was looking for lyrics to a song hook, I got to sing it. When I had to write "real" lyrics to the song, I could not find anything that could beat it. So I borrowed the title "Love Rears Its Ugly Head" but I had forgotten it was also the title of one of Living Colours' biggest hits."