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A modern borrowing from Old English sangcræft (the art of singing or poetry; music), equivalent to song +‎ -craft.


songcraft (uncountable)

  1. (music) The practice of crafting songs, or skill in doing so
    • 14 July 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club: Weird Al’s UHF is uneven, but that just made it ahead of its time
      A child weaned on Police Academy sequels or, say, the appalling robot pimp in 1984’s The Ice Pirates could have no trouble giggling at song parodies like “Eat It” or “I Lost On Jeopardy,” but might come to appreciate, however unconsciously, Yankovic’s songcraft or the peculiar places his lyrics could go.
    • 1988 March 25, Renaldo Migaldi, “Indigos”, in Chicago Reader[1]:
      They practice a sturdy songcraft that seems at once both naive and wise and doesn't call attention to its own cleverness.