Usher wrote "My Way" with the track's producers, Jermaine Dupri and Manuel Seal. Usher wanted to do his own version of Frank Sinatra's signature song,
"My Way" to signify his newfound independence; his debut album, released in 1994 when he was 15, was conceptualized by Puff Daddy, so Usher was just a performer. That changed for his second album when he had a hand in the songwriting and took control of his image.
"'My Way' started because I found out about Frank Sinatra," he said in a documentary
about the making of the album. "His voice is amazing. I found this song 'My Way,' and I thought, 'That's how I feel right now.' So I brought this idea to JD. My version of it was really inspired by Frank Sinatra. His version of it was more hip-hop: She likes it my way. She keeps running back to see me do it my way. It's like kicking your game, being extremely confident."