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. It takes a sample from the song Lush Life by Nat King Cole. The music video features Cynthia Bailey of The Real Housewives of Atlanta Fame.
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."