"U Got It Bad" is a song by American singer Usher, released through Arista Records as the second official single from his third studio album 8701 (2001). It was written by the singer, Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox, and co-produced by the former two. It was released as a CD single in the United States on September 4, 2001. "U Got It Bad" is an R&B ballad that, according to MTV, incorporates "digi-coustic" guitars, a "slow-burning bass line" and "sex funk" drums. The lyrics notably contain some quick direct allusions to other soul music ballads, mainly Maxwell's "Fortunate" and Prince's "Adore".
"U Got It Bad" topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for one week before being replaced for four weeks by Nickelback's "How You Remind Me". "U Got It Bad" then returned to number one, going on to stay atop for five consecutive weeks. With the song and previous single "U Remind Me", Usher was the only solo male act of 2001 to have a number-one hit on the Hot 100. The accompanying music video features TLC's Chilli as Usher's love interest.